Case study: Network Coverage at Oil Refinery

July 18, 2023

Customer: Emircom
Location: Shaybah Oil Refinery, Saudi Arabia

ATDI conducted an RF study for an oil refinery to understand the impact of relocating a TETRA base station on network coverage.

Telecom system integrator Emircom was engaged by Wilson Engineering Ltd on behalf of Saudi Aramco. They needed to relocate one of their TETRA sites to a new location at the Shaybah NGL Plant, KSA. The aim was to understand the impact this move would have on reception in the operational area.

The new base station site aimed to provide continuous coverage across two operational areas, along with another existing TETRA base station. However, the new site would not be fully functional immediately. The study aimed to analyse the impact on the overall coverage during the move and once the new site was active. It also identified the coverage capabilities of the new site operating on its own.

The ATDI team used a high-resolution 2m digital terrain map and a 3D clutter model. This allowed the engineering team to model the refinery area and surrounding area up to 4.7km². HTZ modelled the impact of the refinery environment on signal attenuation and distortion while considering 3D reflections. HTZ modelled penetration losses for different scenarios, including outdoor to indoor signal loss and the effects of signal absorption on network coverage.

ATDI also supplied a full report of the modelling, simulation, and prediction outputs from the study. The KMZ files from the study were overlaid in Google Earth.

Emircom is a leading telecom system integrator for the UAE & Saudi Arabia. They specialise in system integration and project management with markets across ICT and telecom services, covering a host of technologies and supporting the oil and gas industry.

ARAMCO is Saudi Arabia’s national oil and gas company and one of the largest organisations in the world. Operating in some of the harshest regions of the earth, the Shaybah refinery has been extracting natural gas liquids (NGL) since 2015.

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