Automation of coal bed methane production

Automation of coal bed methane production

Cooperation with Gazprom Dobycha Kuznetsk Ltd. to introduce solution for automation of coal bed methane production

Location:         Kemerovskaya oblast, Russia

Order date:     2009

Completion:    2010

Industry:          Oil&Gas

Executive Summary

Gazprom Dobycha Kuznetsk Ltd. is a subsidiary of Gazprom, mainly engaged in exploration and production of coal bed methane and other carbohydrates.

In 2009, Gazprom selected EleSy to provide a turnkey control system solution for coal bed methane fields.

Coal bed methane production technology is introduced for the first time in Russia. Similar technologies have already been implemented in the USA, Canada and Australia.

Challenges and Scope of Work

Daily methane production is 12,000 m3, which is planned to reach up to 120,000 m3.

Coal bed methane production mitigates the risk of emergencies in coal mines at underground mining. Besides, it reduces the environmental effects of coal mining such as release of methane and emission of smoke and noxious fumes into the atmosphere at coal combustion.

EleSy was requested to provide complete process automation and control solution for methane production that include:


  • Well cluster telecontrol systems
  • Process automation system for a gas receiving and processing unit
  • Central control room for entire facility management
  • Remote data acquisition system


EleSy's integrated process automation and control solution is implemented on the basis of PLC ELSY-TM and InfinitySuite SCADA. It provides data acquisition from all field equipment located at well clusters, gas receiving and processing unit, flare and loading facility. Data is transferred over a wireless network (IEC 60870.5 protocol) built on Motorola solutions.


EleSy deployed a cost-effective integrated solution that effectively fulfills our customer's unique requirements and ensures stable performance and reliable operation of the facility.


In February 2010, the first facility for coal bed methane production was launched. The President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, took part in the event. More then a thousand of wells is planned to be launched in the near future.