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PCEC selected Cannon to design and build a secure wireless Ethernet, TCP/IP communications system for its oil producing system. The existing field was comprised of several subsystems from various vendors. Cannon provided instrumentation and electrical engineering, SCADA design and installation, and programming to create two SCADA control room work stations each with four (4) screens to monitor and control the complex operations as they were brought on line. In addition, Cannon selected software and hardware upgrades for the server tower, and developed and implemented a master process of over 10,000 tags, a communication system consisting of fiber network, wireless Ethernet infrastructure (Motorola Canopy) and RF radios, multiple stainless steel communication panels, and designed, constructed and installed remote I/O panels for the oil system and the water system.

Many areas of the oil field and facilities are considered Class 1, Division 1 or Division 2 therefore Cannon was responsible for providing the design and installation of the aforementioned components of the system in accordance with the NEC with respect to hazardous locations. The master process tag list became the under pinning of the company’s data history and statistical process control efforts at a remote location in Los Angeles. Cannon continues to upgrade this system to handle the Phase 2 Diatomite which is completing construction with successful portions already on line.

Cannon provides on-going service and maintenance for the entire Orcutt Diatomite Project including installing and calibrating multiple instruments, integrating new process equipment into the SCADA system, and troubleshooting and repairing the SCADA system. Cannon provides this service to the Client as an on-call service, responding to calls during the days, evenings and on weekends.

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Orcutt, California

Pacific Coast Energy Company (Formerly part of the BreitBurn Energy Partnership)

Field Services