Natural Soda operates seven production well pairs in Colorado to produce saturated nahcolite brine for manufacturing sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).
Mining nahcolite requires very careful monitoring of temperature, pressure and flow to not only optimize production performance—but also to mine the product sustainably and protect the freshwater aquifer. Wireless transmitters make it possible to monitor remote injection wells to protect the environment, increase efficiency and improve productivity. Our operating permits require us to continuously monitor and record fluid temperature, pressure and flow rate in both the recovery and injection wells. We must also keep these parameters within specified ranges as detailed in our BLM-approved mine plan.
The facility is located in mountainous, rugged terrain making it difficult and very expensive to employ wired devices. To improve overall efficiencies, we installed wireless temperature, pressure and flow sensors to monitor all the parameters specified in the plan.