APU Case Study

How our Midstream client meets code compliance, lowers NOx emissions, increases reliability, and operational efficiency at Alberta compression site with replacement of the obsolete APU.

In addition, the new APU can be counted on to perform when required in the Canadian Climate.

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

  • Chronic reliability maintenance issues and code violations coupled with equipment obsolescence spurred a site audit and program plan which included a revamp of the auxiliary power system.
  • 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.
  • Additional maintenance and attention are required. OPEX is impacted.

Team

  • Area Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • Regional PM
  • Electrical SME
  • Controls SME
  • Operations
  • Regional E&I Specialist
  • Site Technicians (E&I)
  • Area Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • Regional PM
  • 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

  • Complete overall system facility audit including code compliance issues, grounding study and critical safety and process system equipment operational and safety issues.
  • Compliance with NOx emission standards.
  • Supplied planning, engineering, drafting, and commissioning documentation to facilitate the facility modernization.
  • Design new engineered Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) system based off facility audit and findings that includes (but not limited to) the following considerations: operability, maintenance, environmental impact, life cycle costs and future opportunity for remote diagnostics.

Client Benefits

  • Sustained system reliability decreases call outs and reduces outage time improving profitability.
  • Decrease in operational life cycle costs with energy efficient equipment.
  • Continued protection of existing equipment and personnel.
  • Elimination of safety risk due to identified code violation of old APU system.

SYSTEM UPTIME INCREASED TO 99.9%

HSE

ELIMINATED CALL OUTS AND SAFETY RISK FOR OPERATIONAL STAFF

DECREASED NOx EMISSIONS

SYSTEM UPTIME INCREASED TO 99.9%

ELIMINATED CALL OUTS FOR OPERATIONAL STAFF DUE TO REGIONAL SYSTEM ISSUES

DECREASED NOx EMISSIONS

Additional Obsolescence Solutions

  • Motor Control Centres (MCC)
  • Switch Gear
  • Power Factor Correction
  • PLC Controls
  • Safety and Fire/Gas Protection
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Motor Control Centres (MCC)
  • Switch Gear
  • Power Factor CorrectioN
  • PLC Controls
  • Safety and Fire/Gas Protection
  • Regulatory Compliance

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