Advantages of The Splitter
(Important Note: PPE required during installation)
The Splitter, available through DASCO, is the only known device of its nature to have passed rigorous UL Certifications.The “SPLITTER” is listed by UL under Category ANSI/ UL 347, UL file: NJiJ.E351345 at www.UL.com, RoHS Compliant, ISO 9001:2008 Certified, ISO 17025:2005 Laboratory Qualification. Splitters sold in Canada are certified to CSA SPE-1000 field evaluation inspection to Canadian Standards. (STANDATA LEG-ECR-2 REV 14). The Splitter was developed in order to overcome hazardous and burdensome tasks associated with taking voltage measurements during commissioning of electrical equipment and periodic well testing.
Fluid shots reveal both static and dynamic fluid levels in a well. The static level refers to the fluid level downhole when the pump is not running. The dynamic level refers to how much fluid is over the pump when the pump is in operation. Both static and dynamic levels are equally important for a variety of reasons, such as production optimization and equipment longevity.
Currently, taking the voltage and amperage readings that are made at the time of Fluid Shots places personnel at risk by exposing the individual taking the readings to high voltage, which can arc across terminals and is often referred to as Arc Flash. These voltage readings are also required during pump installation and any time service personnel troubleshoot the equipment. With increased awareness of the risks of Arc Flash and regulatory pressure to provide protection for personnel exposed to high voltages, appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which protects the individual from both fire and electrical exposure, is needed. PPE is not just a good idea; its use is increasingly being mandated regardless of the industry in which the exposure occurs. In the oil production industry, where three phase power is the baseline, an individual who is tasked with taking measurements of this nature is exposed to high voltage not once, but three times (one time for each phase measurement when using a standard voltage divider).
This process is not only hazardous to personnel, it takes a toll on electrical and electronic equipment because each time the terminals are changed for the next phase to be measured, the equipment must be shut down (a disconnect has to occur), the Test Leads must be relocated and the equipment then must be re-energized. If measurements are taken under load conditions, excessive restarts are known to decrease equipment run life. With some wells, backspin is also an issue and for each minute spent waiting for backspin, a minute of production is lost. When minutes turn into hours, and when multiple wells are involved, it’s easy to see how production can be negatively impacted on a large and measurable scale. The only alternative to shutting down equipment to install voltage measurement meters is testing it “hot”. This is extremely dangerous and requires the use of specialized PPE, nicknamed a “moonsuit”, because of the uncanny resemblance to an astronauts’ suit. With The Splitter, PPE is required only during initial installation. Future measurements may be taken without PPE, however it is strongly recommended that you evaluate the level of risk associated with the particular environment in which you are working.
The Splitter is a permanently installed device with internal components which divide/split/reduce high voltage to low voltage on a 1000:1 ratio. In addition to voltage, The Splitter can also measure current (1000:1), actual frequency and harmonics (using a PQ metering device). All three phases (Phase-to-Phase, Phase-to-Ground) can be measured without the need to change Test Leads, using a standard 0-5V handheld Fluke meter.
The Splitter is the answer to a longstanding problem in the oil production industry. Production engineers can have access to the reservoir information they need without compromising personnel safety and without subjecting equipment to processes known to reduce runlife.