How PetroChina Tracks Thousands Of Pipes In The Field

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

China’s second-largest oil producer aims to improve safety and efficiency in the field with Xerafy’s RFID pipeline tracking solutions.

PetroChina, China’s second-largest oil and gas producer, is using Xerafy’s rugged RFID tags to track oil pipe assets at its Xinjiang Oilfield.

The project involves the deployment of Xerafy's XS Dot Wedge RFID tag on oil pipelines at Xinjiang over five years to improve the pipeline asset and lifecycle management, reduce costs, and non-productive time in critical processes as well as risks related to pipeline failures.

PetroChina Oilfield

PetroChina is a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) headquartered in Beijing. It is China’s second-biggest oil producer, and one of the most profitable companies in all of Asia. The oilfield in Xinjiang is the largest one in western China, mainly engaging in the exploration, development, gathering transportation, and sales of oil and gas resources in the Junggar Basin and its surrounding basins.

PetroChina oil pipes fitted with Xerafy XS Dot Wedge
PetroChina oil pipes fitted with Xerafy XS Dot Wedge

With the advanced use of RFID technology, PetroChina can ensure their operations are less likely to be disrupted by delays or an unexpected failure while also improving oilfield safety and compliance. The automated tracking and real-time data also help PetroChina manage the correct pipe tally and integrity in a drill string and better govern their maintenance and inspection processes.

The Xerafy XS Dot Wedge tags were developed specifically to withstand the harsh conditions present in oil and gas industry deployments. The UHF tags have a read range up to 1 meter (3.3 ft.) embedded in metal and are IP68-rated against dirt and fluids. The tags were designed to withstand extreme heat and cold, as well as exposure to drilling fluids and hydraulic fluids. The XS Dot Wedge tags are also UV-resistant and can survive immersion in seawater.

PetroChina oilfield
PetroChina oilfield

“RFID provides significant improvements over the traditional paper-based practice which is time-consuming and error-prone,” said Mr. Zhang, General Manager of Zhongshi Bangli Petroleum Technology Company, the partner company that is deploying the solution. “Fast and accurate tracking is critical for ensuring operational efficiency and timely maintenance, and Xerafy’s RFID solution delivers.”