This paper explains the utilization of technology to assure the safety of populated areas and surface facilities that lie above an oil field. It describes safety enhancements applied to 22 wells, which are located near populated areas or surface facilities. The project includes the utilization of several subsurface technologies requiring workover operations, such as a permanent downhole monitoring system (PDHMS) or distributed temperature system (DTS); as well as surface technologies such, as H2S, pressure and temperature sensors. This paper explains how these different pieces of equipment are connected to an emergency shut-down system (ESD), which secures the well immediately in case of an emergency. Finally, this paper explains how the project integrates these different technologies through a Supervisory Controlled and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) system by bringing the stream of data to the engineers' desktops, giving them remote control over the wells.

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