Compressor Programming Case Study

Southwest SK Compressor site resolved chronic controls issues with replacement/upgrade of obsolete PLC controls and other critical instrumentation. Compressor site reduced many points of failure, reduced downtime risk, and improved site safety.

Our client is a North American Energy provider of natural gas, crude oil and power facilities across North America highlighted with a natural gas pipeline system of 90,000+ kms which transports more than 25% of North American natural gas demand.

Client Challenge

  • Obsolete Controls that are unsupported by the manufacturer are common in many remote Compressor field locations that pose a risk to production and safety. Online sourcing of spare parts is not acceptable for critical components by most corporations.
  • Compressor sites are known to have aging/obsolete critical instruments, Fire & Gas equipment, old Pneumatic and fuel control valves.
  • HSE Risk / Reducing the number of unplanned site visits and reduction in safety risks while at site are paramount, this is specifically concerning during high production winter months.

Team

  • Area Manager
  • Regional Specialist
  • Regional PM
  • Electrical SME
  • Controls SME
  • Operations
  • Regional (E&I) Specialist
  • Site Technicians
  • Area Manager
  • Regional Specialist
  • Electrical SME
  • Controls SME
  • Operations
  • Regional E&I Specialist
  • Site Technicians (E&I)
BASE CONCEPTS HAS AN EYE ON THE BIG PICTURE, WE COLLABORATE WITH OUR PARTNERS TO EXECUTE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS TURNKEY TO OUR CLIENT’S GREATER SATISFACTION. WE DO WHAT WE SAY AND SAY WHAT WE DO.

Client Solution

  • Completed overall operations assessment at Compression site, identified equipment for replacement and plan best program in conjunction with Client Staff.
  • Planning, engineering, drafting, and commissioning documentation to facilitate the facility modernization.
  • Programmed new system based on Client standards, replaced Fire & Gas system, replaced old pneumatic valves with digital valves, fuel control valve and critical instruments.
  • Audit of other systems such as APU and Hydronics during replacement.

Client Benefits

  • Major points-of-failure reduced with currently supported equipment, efficient technology deployed.
  • Sustained system reliability decreases call outs and reduces outage time improving profitability.
  • Site safety improved with new Fire & Gas system, reduced emergency site work.
  • Decrease in operational life cycle costs with energy efficient equipment.
  • Impact to operations & customers dramatically reduced..

SYSTEM UPTIME INCREASED TO 99.9%

HSE

ELIMINATED CALL OUTS FOR OPERATIONAL STAFF DUE TO CONTROL SYSTEM ISSUES

INCREASED WORKFORCE EFFICIENCY

SYSTEM UPTIME INCREASED TO 99.9%

ELIMINATED CALL OUTS FOR OPERATIONAL STAFF DUE TO CONTROL SYSTEM ISSUES

INCREASED WORKFORCE EFFICIENCY

Additional Obsolescence Solutions

  • Electrical equipment repurposing
  • Motor Control Centres (MCC)
  • Switch Gear
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Auxiliary Power Units
  • Safety and Fire/Gas Protection
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Electrical equipment repurposing
  • Motor Control Centres (MCC)
  • Switch Gear
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Auxiliary Power Units
  • Safety and Fire/Gas Protection
  • Regulatory Compliance

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