Smart dewatering will entail the manipulation of sophisticated sensor technology and data analytics, which will redefine the traditional methods. It will incorporate the following salient features:

Comprehensive Analytics: The total level, water interface measurement, fluid temperature, and many others critical to the system are presented to the user. Also available to the user with minimal calculation is the condition of the drain control valve – passing, stuck or healthy, and the total volume of drained water.

Safety Enhancements: Smart dewatering improves safety measures by ensuring total removal of hydrocarbon drainage in the oily water sewer and preventing one from getting exposed to poisonous gases while handling them manually.

Operational Efficiency: The technology addresses all major issues the industry faces– from maintaining Crude quality to downsizing hydrocarbon losses. Its flexibility, as it provides more than one option concerning dewatering (sound velocity system, interface sensors, smart dewatering), makes it compatible with new and old tanks.

An Ever-Changing World of Smart Tank Dewatering Solutions

Dewatering tanks have ever-changing tendencies in the oil and gas industry, from manual approaches to automated solutions sprouting at given turns. Conventional automated solutions typically include internally mounted capacitance and microwave sensors with externally mounted drain valves. However, technological progress has introduced game-changing alternatives that emphasise better, more intelligent, efficient approaches.

We are now presenting ID-200H Series Interface Detectors – a total game-changer in this field. These are designed for accurate interface measurement in a wide range of liquid/liquid and vapour/liquid separation processes, even in difficult emulsions and foam applications, as highlighted by these 2-wire, 4-20mA, loop-powered probes. We make it ideal for various operational requirements, spanning process installations such as tanks, decanters, dehydrators, and coalescers.

Meanwhile, the feature that the ID-200H does work with emulsion concentrations between 0-100% Hydrocarbon/Water by Volume and in changing operational temperature conditions (standard 32°F to 300°F, and high-temp 32°F to 450°F) highly accentuates the suitability of this piece of machinery for the varying dynamics of tank dewatering. Smart dewatering. Using ID-200H highlights a pressure rating of up to 3000 PSI and an ambient temperature range between- 40°F and 185°F, making this tank dewatering robust and reliable.

The Significance of ID-200H in Leveling Up Smart Dewatering

The ID-200H is critical to the intelligent dewatering process in its role of the technology’s focus on both the safety and the efficiency involved in the data-driven dewatering decision-making process:

Interface Detection and Volume Calculation: The performance of the interfaces is critical during the beginning of the dewatering cycle, which ID-200H performs. It also helps calculate the exact volume drainage, thus ensuring that the machine is adequate.

Valve Analytics: Enabling monitoring of the condition of the drain control valve by the sensor, therefore bringing about relevant maintenance and operational readiness analytics.

Adaptability and Data Integration: The rugged ID-200H design renders its capability for functioning effectively across different environmental scales, integrating well within the intelligent dewatering system for real-time data and control.

Smart dewatering, best represented with innovations like the ID-200H, attests to the fact that digitalisation in the oil and gas industry is taking place. Industry leaders like Saudi Aramco employ this particular innovation to define what the future of tank dewatering will indeed look like within refineries, terminals, and bulk plants. This technology satisfies today’s operational needs and opens doors for safer, more efficient, and environmentally responsible hydrocarbon processing.

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Role of ID-200H in Smart Dewatering

The ID-200H is very essential in the intelligent dewatering process. It encompasses a primary sensor bearing great precision in determining water interface levels within the tank. Some of its features include:

Accurate Interface Detection: Using sensing technology advancements, the ID-200H accurately identifies the interface of water/oil separation, ensuring only the part of water can be tapped.

Flexibility to Wide-Ranging Conditions: The ID-200H functions optimally from very low temperatures of about -40°F to as high as 450°F and assorted pressures reaching up to 3000 PSI, rendering it adaptable in environments with foist pressure scales.

Real-Time Data and Control: It offers controller alias management, real-time measurements, and required information for informed and optimised decision-making in the dewatering process for efficiency and safety in real-time.

Smart Dewatering ID-200H – Perfect Applications

These ID-200H Series Interface Detectors are versatile and fit a variety of oil and gas industry applications. Among them are:

  • Crude Oil Tanks: To safeguard the oil quality by precisely separating the oil from water.
  • Refinery Separators: For an improved efficiency of the separation process.
  • Waste Water Treatment: Monitor and control water discharge to meet environmental regulations.
  • Chemical Process Tanks: Accurate level measurement in intricate chemical environments.
  • Hydrocarbon Management Impact and its Implication on Crude Quality.

Crude quality and hydrocarbon management are two key objectives that would be impacted by effective dewatering for crude in tanks. These are goals that can only be achieved with accurate measurements of the ID-200H. First, the measurement ensures that the maximum amount of recoverable oil is left in the tank. Secondly, any losses of hydrocarbons are limited to a certain percentage. Such critical requirements of the refining process determine whether the entire process is economically viable.

Moreover, ID-200H also preserves the quality of crude oil itself. In such a way, making sure that there is a distinctive separation of the added water and other liquids themselves from the presence of the crude oil would also prevent emulsions and layers of sludge from being formed, which may affect the degradation of the quality of the oil. Every ID-200H will also tolerate a broad spectrum of emulsion concentrations (from 0% to 100% Hydrocarbon/Water by Volume) and, as such, is a handy tool in maintaining the integrity and quality of the crude oil right throughout your dewatering process.

Smart Dewatering Safety and Environmental Impacts

The consequences of tank dewatering on safety and the environment are highly significant. Traditional dewatering techniques are hazardous because of inaccurate water-oil separation, leading to potential environmental conditions that can ripen into critical hazards and compromise safety. The above two chances are almost nullified; the ID-200H Series Interface Detectors considerably reduce the risks. Their ability to detect the exact interface between oil and water makes them only drain off just that water, therefore minimising the environmental risk of oil spills. This accuracy is essential to ensure very high environmental standards and operational safety, particularly in regions where environmentally sensitive areas are involved.

In addition, it is worth noting that the ID-200H operates within high-pressure environments (style up to 3000 PSI) and extreme temperature ranges (from -40°F to 450°F), furthering its dependability in various environmental backgrounds. Its robustness makes it long-lasting and effective in the typically harsh environments within the oil and gas industry, maintaining a consistent level of operation and safety standards accruing accordingly.


The ID-200H Series Interface Detectors from PMA have been one of such technological advancements realised and integrated into operations in tank dewatering facilities within the oil and gas sector. Through improved safety, environment protection, increased hydrocarbon recovery and maintaining crude quality, the ID-200H displays the changing outlook of efficient and responsible oil and gas processing. This technology enforces an operational upgrade that the industry can embrace to attain a sustainable and economically viable future.

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Fowzie Smith-Tahir Marketing and IT Director
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