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Intertec's instrument protection shelter uses passive cooling for Middle East programme

20th January 2014

The company is a supplier of specialised systems created to provide improved protection of sensitive field-mounted instruments

Intertec passively-cooled shelter

Intertec is currently building one of the biggest “passively-cooled instrumentation shelters” ever made, which is intended to house remote control and instrumentation equipment that is necessary for a new natural gas collection venture in the Middle East.

Without the need for electricity, the cooling system decreases temperatures in the interior shelter by about 20 degrees Celsius, which allows the instrumentation to function at its desert location.

Intertec is supplying three shelters for the project. Two employ active cooling and were delivered at the end of 2013. The third shelter, which will house solar-powered instrumentation and uses innovative passive cooling technology, is currently nearing completion.

The shelters have been constructed to protect supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, which consists of remote terminal units (RTUs), telemetry network equipment and associated electronics ­ for the control infrastructure of a new gas pipeline that is being constructed on the coast of the Persian Gulf.

Currently, a large amount of the gas from oilfields in the Persian Gulf is burnt off as waste at the point of extraction. This venture is constructed to enhance resource management by collecting and using the gas to power seawater desalination plants that run on oil.

Intertec has considerable experience with passive cooling systems, having offered the technology as an option for its environmental protection shelters for over a decade. The company also creates a wide variety of other kinds of cooling systems for shelters and enclosures, ranging from forced circulation passive systems and hybrid units, which combine active and passive technology, to complete air conditioning systems.

 

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