An oil and gas production company operates a fixed natural gas and oil gathering and processing platform located in deep water on the US continental shelf.
The platform serves multiple natural gas and oil wells connected by pipes running along the seabed back to the platform. The facility was designed to handle a high volume, thus there is a strong emphasis on reliability.
Any downtime, whether caused by accidental or malicious forces, would interrupt oil and gas production and be very costly.
The production company challenged their System Integrator to improve the reliability and uptime of the control network on the platfrom and help them implement SCADA networking best practices.