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Energy and Petrochemical


Wireless and fiber optic technologies are helping energy, petrochemical, and utility companies operate more efficiently. Fiber optics are being used to maximize oil drilling, while wireless communications improve operations and create a safer environment on offshore rigs and ships. Wireless technology is also being used by utility companies, as part of smart grids to help improve delivery of electricity to homes.


Fiber Optics

Fiber optic sensors and cables are commonly part of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods used to improve efficiency during upstream production, downstream transport, and refining of crude oil and natural gas. One popular EOR technique is Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD), which uses DTS (distributed temperature sensing) to provide oil and gas operators with a reliable and cost-effective way to better manage reservoirs, wellbores, and completions.

Many oil and gas companies rely on Anritsu to help ensure the proper installation and accurate operation of these systems. Anritsu OTDR technology is often used when a fiber line is installed in an oil well, and to check the line before a DTS run to ensure the most precise readings are made.  

Offshore Wireless Communications

Oil and gas companies are also using wireless technologies to gather and transmit critical data that aid in managing drilling equipment, pumping systems, and level monitors. Wireless technologies are integral in voice and data communications between offshore rigs and ships, and mainland operations, as well.

Reliable communications services – whether it is broadband satellite, high-speed Internet, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), Wi-Fi, or VHF radio backhaul services – help in one other critical way. They help create a safer work environment for personnel.

For these all-important communications, Anritsu provides the VNA Master handheld vector network analyzers and Site Master handheld cable and antenna analyzers. Both families are compact, lightweight instruments designed to withstand the harshest environments. As importantly, they provide ease of operation and the accuracy necessary to maintain these crucial networks.  

Smart Grid

Wireless technologies are also being used onshore by utility companies, as part of smart grids that help improve customer service and better control energy consumption. A smart grid system consists of home area networks (HAN), field area networks (FAN), and wide area networks (WAN). Each requires robust signal coverage to avoid interference. Utilities must have tools to effectively plan their systems, rapidly diagnose problems and maintain network security.

Anritsu’s line of Spectrum Master, Cell Master, and Site Master handheld analyzers, and indoor/outdoor coverage mapping tools provide utility companies with powerful and sophisticated analysis capabilities directly suited for their smart grid networks. These tools can aid in network planning, optimization, and maintenance of network infrastructure, saving utilities time and money.