Tetra | 2019-01-30

Shell Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Implements Sepura TETRA Solution

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor

Sepura implemented a TETRA based solution for the site, covering the entire island as well as the ferry terminal and remote docking buoy.

Bukom is Shell’s largest wholly-owned refinery globally with a crude distillation capacity of around 500,000 barrels per day; it is Shell’s largest petrochemical production and export centre in the Asia Pacific region. Sepura successfully implemented a new TETRA system on the island, with an employee based permanently on the site for maintenance and repairs

At the site, Sepura’s Intrinsically Safe hand portable radios were implemented to ensure worker safety with the chosen model being the reduced keypad STP8X100. Vehicles and offices on site were setup with SRG3900 mobile and desktop radios.

To further enhance worker safety, Sepura’s STP8X100 gave the addition of a dedicated emergency button for quick responses in an emergency.

To better support the Movement Control Room (MCR) which manage the loading/ unloading of products from ships, the Sepura radios are integrated to the instrumentation system to provide quick pump trip function so that those on the in control of loading the large ships could trigger a pump trip using their radio in case of emergency.

Since communication is a critical component in Bukom, Sepura have a dedicated team of local engineers to provide 24/7 all year round to support the TETRA radio system.

Preventive maintenance is carried out quarterly to ensure that system health is maintained by pre-emptively arresting issues before it happen.

Shell have contracted Sepura to deliver a multi-year managed service to ensure the safety and efficiency of the site and associated operations.

Terence Ledger – Sales and Marketing Director, Sepura: “The success of this project and long term partnership with Shell proves our ability to provide our customers with the best possible TETRA solution to meet their needs, working closely with them to meet their requirements. We have delivered unrivalled TETRA coverage with the robust, reliable and secure TETRA radios both hand portable and mobile. The new network has delivered safety, efficiency and future capabilities to Shell and we look forward to developing their system further.”