Natural Gas Liquids Extraction Facility Plant Modernization

INDUSTRIES
  • Oil & Gas
  • Natural Gas to Liquids
SERVICES
  • Training
  • Project Management
  • Instrumentation Engineering
  • Electrical Design
  • Detailed Engineering
  • DCS
  • Custom Applications
  • Controls Commissioning Services
  • Control System Migration
  • Construction Management
TECHNOLOGIES
  • Training
  • Project Management
  • Instrumentation Engineering
  • Electrical Design
  • Detailed Engineering
  • DCS
  • Custom Applications
  • Controls Commissioning Services
  • Control System Migration
  • Construction Management

The Challenge

The client operates a natural gas liquids extraction (NGL) facility located in Southern Alberta. The facility consists of three turbo-expander cryogenic trains capable of processing 2.5 bcf/d of gas with 100,000 bbl/d of NGL production. The plant was originally commissioned in 1970 and since that time, a variety of area specific projects have been implemented to improve operational performance and to facilitate expansion.

In order to increase control system availability, reduce maintenance costs, prepare for additional expansion, and enable the implementation of advanced process control (APC), the client obtained funding to undertake a control system upgrade. The upgrade included implementation of a state-of-the-art control system capable of implementing APC, integrating existing field measurement technology while also laying the foundation for Asset Management and FOUNDATION Fieldbus integration.

Autopro’s Role

As the site’s preferred automation systems consultant, Autopro was initially tasked with the responsibility of completing a control system study, generating a RFP, and completing the evaluations that ultimately led to the selection of a successful control system vendor.

During the execution of this project, virtually every process area in the facility was affected. Autopro’s responsibilities included overall project management, electrical and instrumentation detailed engineering, procurement support and materials management, software development and implementation, controls checkout and commissioning, operations training, and startup support.

Success Criteria

This project was completed on time and on budget.  

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