Gathering Facilities, Transportation, Compressor or Pumping Stations and Storage
Regulatory compliance, uptime and HSE risk mitigation are the three primary concerns any midstream service provider or operator must address when establishing a new midstream facility. With the proper implementation and configuration of process automation, controls and SCADA operations, your facilities can maintain consistent output while operating at peak efficiency and safety.
Controls and SCADA help you:
Monitor throughput from pads to gathering to compression/pumping and beyond
Ensure you are meeting regulatory requirements such as Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP)
Establish automated safety protocols to prevent systematic failures and HSE violations
Manage several remote facilities on the pipeline more efficiently
Improve maintenance scheduling and in-field troubleshooting
When a gathering facility or a compressor/pumping station is incapacitated, the entire supply chain can be disrupted causing several $100k a day in transportation revenue loss. Establishing a SCADA monitoring system can help ensure your facilities remain operational while reducing the personnel required to maintain the facility.
A few of the most common business requirements we address are:
Installing local controls and SCADA systems for new gathering facilities and compressor/pumping stations
Upgrading and migrating existing controls and SCADA systems to newer technology such as IoT and/or Cloud Solutions
Implementing and configuring new centralized SCADA systems for multi-facility performance monitoring along the pipeline
Troubleshooting and commissioning new midstream facilities
Configuring mobile device apps for monitoring facilities, routing alerts, managing field personnel, and more
Supporting field operations and maintenance of existing PLCs, HMIs and site-specific SCADA systems
The numbers speak for themselves
The founders of SOAP Engineering have served E&P Operators working in the US and Canada for more than 25 years, and have successfully:
Miles of pipeline monitored
Lines of code
Programmed PLCs, HMIs, EFMs and RTUs
Logged hours troubleshooting,
upgrading and/or maintaining
automation platforms and
We help a variety of companies operating in midstream E&P with industrial automation and SCADA implementation.
Whether gathered directly at the wellsite or within a larger regional hub, a gathering facility must be monitored for spills, leaks, pressure, temperature and more. Remote monitoring helps prevent and intervene if/when operations are in need of attention. Often these gathering facilities are the final preparation of the product before it enters the pipeline which means it must meet certain requirements prior to transportation.
Pipeline, truck, barge, and rail are some of the ways E&P Operators move their raw products. SCADA and industrial automation play a huge role in supporting the many compressor/pumping stations required to keep products flowing through the pipeline. Additionally, when trucks visit a wellsite gathering facility owned by an E&P company, monitoring the take-away can be improved through an automated ticketing system vs. manually printed receipts. The transportation of oil and gas is highly regulated therefore a knowledgeable and experienced SCADA Integrator that understands the processes and industry is advisable.
Bulk terminals and holding facilities are an important part of the midstream value chain. These facilities must also be equipped with the ability to monitor pressure, temperature, cooling and heating, capacity, take-away and many other processes.
Gas processing & treatment
Although sometimes considered an upstream task that can take place at the wellsite, natural gas processing might also take place as part of the midstream sector at a processing plant. Preparing natural gas for transportation requires ‘cleaning’ the raw products to strip them of impurities such as water, CO2, and hydrogen sulfide, and also transforming them into dry natural gas that can be marketed and sold. Many of these processes can be automated to reduce HSE risk and improve operational efficiency.
Engineering, Procurement & Construction Firms
We’ve worked with several EPC Firms in the midstream segment that are contracted to manage the entire new facility build process. We often find our best partnerships as a subcontractor to an EPC began in the early planning phases where our team contributed and supported the engineering and design requirements.