Phillips 66 is jointly developing an autonomous robot that can inspect storage tank floors while product remains in the tank.
Jointly working with Square Robot, the companies are developing the untethered robot, which is currently being designed and is expected to be certified for use in a wide range of petroleum products.
The robot is expected to enter service in mid-2018.
In order to examine tank bottoms, the structures are taken out of service to be drained, opened and cleaned. This robot will be able to automatically survey and map obstacles within a tank while it remains in service. This will create a specific route map allowing maximum coverage of the tank floor.
Using non-destructive testing data gathered, a certified inspector will produce a floor thickness map allowing for a more accurate prediction of a tank floor's remaining life.
Todd Denton, general manager, midstream operations, Phillips 66, says: 'Ensuring the integrity of our equipment is one of our top priorities and we are always looking for innovative new technologies to help us achieve this.
'Our collaboration with Square Robot presents a unique opportunity to develop technology that will enable us to maintain our equipment and minimise disruption to our customers.'
Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a greenfield fuel storage and distribution terminal contract in Mexico by Invex Infraestructura.
Jacobs is expected to perform engineering services and support Invex with regulation compliance and safe and efficient execution. The engineering phase will provide the basis for construction and operations of the strategic terminal.
Jacobs Petroleum and Chemicals senior vice president and general manager global operations Mark Bello, says: 'This project, which is expected to help boost confidence in fuel supply throughout the country, is fully in line with Jacobs' strategy and continued focus on developing storage terminal opportunities in Mexico and Latin America.
Jacobs provides technical, profession and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.
Linde Engineering Dresden, Linde AG, engineering division has awarded SA Fire Protection a contract for deluge skids at the Braskem La Porte Polypropylene Plant in Houston.
SA Fire will provide engineering, design, manufacturing, testing, inspection, accessories for commissioning, start up and maintenance of the skids at the plant, which is set to become the largest polypropylene production line in North America by more than doubling annual production at the site.
The skids will be equipped with UL listed electro-pneumatic deluge valves in nickel aluminium bronze manufactured by SA Fire with a special configuration trim to meet the high specification skid design.
The system design was developed to meet US regulations and to cope with local requirements. With the project engineering taking place in Cascina, Pisa and the manufacturing taking place at the factory in San Pier Niceto, SA Fire Protection will be taking advantage of its resources across two centres of excellence. The collaboration between Linde Engineering and SA Fire protection is a good fit as both companies have competencies in customised processes for the oil and gas industry. The project marks an important point as SA Fire further penetrates both the north European and the North American market.
Emerson has launched the DeltaV Mobile, a new platform that provides access to real-time data, trends and insights to facilitate better-informed, critical operations decisions.
The mobile platform leverages Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and is part of the company's Plantweb digital ecosystem. It fuses smartphone technology with process control data to make operational intelligence available 24/7 for industries including oil and gas operations, refineries, chemical plants, and life sciences facilities.
DeltaV Mobile removes the confines of the control room and enables the digital worker to monitor operations and see critical operational data when, how and where they want, without waiting for regular business hours, manual reports, or being tied to a computer.
By integrating seamlessly and securely with the DeltaV distributed control system, DeltaV Mobile delivers critical contextual data. With added context, DeltaV Mobile users can make better decisions around operational events that could affect bottom-line business results. Incorporating Emerson's Plantweb Secure First Mile technology, DeltaV Mobile provides safe, remote access to important plant data without impacting critical production systems.
'DeltaV Mobile is an important Industrial IoT tool to help companies make decisions faster and smarter,' says Jamie Froedge, president, process systems and solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions. 'Mobile intelligence will transform operational workflows and practices and drive collaboration across the enterprise, which helps customers reach top quartile performance.'
JA Envirotanks secured a £250,000 deal with IMAL to design and supply six vertical, cylindrical tanks.
The tanks will be used to store isocyanates as part of an MDF manufacturing facility being built in Scotland.
JA Envirotanks used advanced 3D simulation and design analysis to assess the mechanical stresses on the tanks.
These tests reveals the need to deploy higher grades of steel in the construction of the tanks than initially specified. The company was able to incorporate these design changes with minimal impact on the production timeframe and the tanks were delivered throughout June.
Neil Ferguson, director, JA Envirotanks, says: 'By combining new tools such as simulation with a history of craftsmanship and expertise, these projects are turned around quickly and cost-effectively, ensuring this part of the supply chain functions exactly as it should.'
Emerson Automation Solutions has released a single software platform for managing all terminal operational and commercial activity.
TerminalManager provides a platform to manage the entire terminal business process, helping operators streamline the loading processes, achieve greater connectivity to customer needs and close books faster.
The next-generation solution helps operators manage the entire terminal business process by managing customer contracts and orders through a web based portal. It efficiently plans and executes loading operations, manages book and physical inventories, charging for services and billing activity back to the customer.
Pedro D'Ascola, general manager for Emerson's remote automation solutions business, says: 'With the release of TerminalManager, we continue to offer new ways for our customers to improve the efficiency of their operations, not just for loading and unloading operations but for the terminal business management process as well.
'TerminalManager is built not only to move products, but to efficiently move information, which optimises the order to cash cycle for the terminal and helps streamline the customer's supply chain logistics activities.'
Silverwing has launched Scorpion2, incorporating a range of improvements to its first remote-control ultrasonic crawler.
The Scorpion has been successfully deployed for 10 years, however the company says that technical advances and increasing market demand required a complete technical redesign.
Silverwing made improvements to the design and performance of the unit based on feedback from Scorpion's large user base.
Scorpion2 is approximately five times faster than its predecessor, measuring thickness at speeds of up to 150mm/s.
The key benefits of the new version include a dry-coupled probe well, which removes the need for an external water source, a gimballed probe holder for inspection on uneven surfaces and a 50 meter umbilical, which removes the need for scaffolding. Additionally, Scorpoion2 has the ability for users to programme the length and pattern of scans for more flexibility.
Scorpion2 has four permanent magnet drive wheels and two encoders, making it possible to compensate for the crawler's drift from slippage and the weight of the cable. It also has a significantly sleeker design, making it easier and faster to set up than the original Scorpion.
Edwin Van Der Leden, product manager for Scorpion2, says: 'We packaged technologically-advanced features into an easy-to-use system that delivers high-quality and reliable data. In doing so, we translated the customers' needs into a new product that will have a direct impact on their daily life.'
Varo has signed a contract with BT to connect 55 locations in Switzerland, Germany and the Benelux countries.
Varo requires seamless and reliable connectivity between its oil distribution terminals, refineries, storage locations, data centres and office sites. This also includes video surveillance at a number of sites.
BT has designed a resilient hybrid network, combining its IP Connect network with high performance internet connectivity. Each site will be connected using two separate lines to achieve a high degree of resiliency against failure.
David Newton, CIO at Varo, says: 'By migrating the network to a single supplier, we will simplify the management of our operations. The new, harmonised network will also give us more agility and provide a solid platform from which we can launch new services fuelling our growth.'
Oiltanking Amsterdam has selected SA Fire Protection for 15 foam manifold skids as part of an upgrade of its fire-fighting system.
The project is due to be completed by the end of August 2018 and all practices and activities will be carried out at SA Fire's factory in San Pier Niceto, Italy.
The company will be responsible for the DCS installation and pre-commissioning of the fire panel, which will be interconnected with the instruments inside the foam housing. SA Fire will carry out in-house full functional tests on the whole installation using a hydraulic laboratory in SPN to measure flow rate, pressure and to verify the operation of the deluges valves. It will also test the foam proportioning equipment in order to validate the complete functionality under real conditions before the foam manifold skids leave the factory.
Oiltanking Amsterdam has 1.6 million m3 and is connected to Schiphol airport via a 20 kilometre pipeline.
In a statement SA Fire says: 'This project confirms the strong position of SA Fire Protection as manufacturer of reliable fire-fighting systems for large scale international oil terminal operators. In line with the company's future plans in the north European market, SA Fire will increase its presence across the region for the supply of fire suppression systems for terminal operators and refineries.'
Flow metering in oil industries has a long and established history both for flow meters and indicating devices.
The indicating device has undergone a significant change over the last few years, from the original mechanical indication to the electronic register, flow computer up to automation and data handling integration.
Isoil remains a part of this established history, starting from a mechanical register, moving to the first explosion proof register and batch controller in the 1980s before producing the VegaII.
Now the company is bringing Vega3, with multiprocessor modular architecture, to the market.
The concept behind the product is to create one device that can be applied throughout terminal applications, from a single meter on pipeline up to multiple arms on a loading bay including blending and additives.
Thanks to advances in current technology it was possible to develop a multiprocessor system that become a single virtual instrument with a single human machine interface independently by the number of devices connected.
Vega3 is designed by a single microprocessor card dedicated to a double metering line with a dedicated hi-speed network capability to be connected to other microprocessor cards. Thanks to an advanced operating system, all microprocessors are networked to become a single 'virtual machine'. This means all data can be viewed by operators and external devices, including computers for control rooms and data systems, as a single machine.
Vega3 incorporates maintenance and operational knowledge from a single pipeline to the most complex multiple arms, blending and additive loading bays.
The flat compact case allows for easy installation, a large number of connections and cost savings in extra cabling and junction boxes. It also has a dedicated case for each group of two meters. A large interconnecting box is not necessary as the connection between the module is made via an Ethernet cable.
Mott MacDonald has secured a contract to construct a new oil terminal in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The company was appointed by Qaiwan Group to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for the next Xarajyan terminal, which will handle petroleum products including petrol, diesel, aviation turbine fuel, kerosene, fuel oil and LPG.
Mott MacDonald will design the first phase of the 140,800 m3 storage terminal, auxiliary utilities and infrastructure facilities at Xarajyan. The consultancy will also provide interface and procurement engineering services and will assist with pre-fabrication, construction and assembly engineering. Construction management will be delivered through a separate contract.
Albert Allan, MD of Mott MacDonald's oil and gas business, says: 'The new Xarajyan oil terminal will provide much needed storage capacity for petroleum products, help meet local demand and potentially support the transfer of products to Turkey.'
The terminal is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2018.
Pin Oak Holdings has embarked on an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build more than two million barrels of tank storage capacity.
The contract with Smith Tank & Sons has an option for more capacity to be operational by mid-2017.
Pin Oak is constructing tanks to meet its customer contracts which initially include petroleum, gasoline blendstock, ethanol, VGO and fuel oil. The terminal will be able to add additional product types a new contracts are executed. Pin Oak is capable of handling more than 10 million barrels of product.
Mike Reed, CEO of Pin Oak, says: 'Our tank designs will offer many service options to our customers and ensures that Pin Oak will maintain a strong competitive advantage over its competitors.'
Loadtec Engineered Systems has created a new servicing company to provide servicing and support for road, sea and marine loading and access equipment.
Loadtec Service will be will be led by marine loading arms, ports and technology expert Martin Dicke-Künitz and Rob Williams, who has 20 years' experience in assembling, installing and selling equipment in the oil, gas and chemical industries.
Managing director Alec Keeler says: 'We hear so many stories about service teams that do not meet customer expectations, overcharge the client for spares and fail to arrive when promised. Some are poorly prepared, have little or no knowledge of the equipment to be serviced or, through poor communication, have assumed plant availability that just isn't there.
'We were very fortunate with our timings as we recently recruited two of the best experts in the world of marine technology and services. So we took the opportunity to plug this clear gap in the service industry by forming Loadtec Service.'
OPW Engineered Systems has brought to market the LYNX coupler to its line of terminal solutions.
The coupler incorporates a U-pin design that enables an operator to disassemble the couple in a matter of seconds. This design enables the operator to gain access to the internal components, perform maintenance and quickly put the coupler back in service.
Dave Morrow, director of products for engineered systems says: 'A single coupler might be responsible for the transfer of millions of gallons of fluid, so you want to shorten the service cycle as much as possible.'
Each LYNX coupler comes with a five-year warranty and it can extend the life of the wave spring as well as handle surge pressures up to 500 psi.
The project management consultancy contract for the development of Kipevu Oil Termial in Kenya has been awarded to Amec Foster Wheeler.
NIRAS awarded the contract to support the next stages in the development of a project by the Kenya Ports Authority project for the offshore relocation and expansion of the terminal in Mombasa.
The scope of the work is to provide technical support and expertise to NIRAS for the development of an engineering, procurement and construction tender package and the evaluation of tenders.
The terminal will be relocated to a site adjacent to Mombasa port berth 16 and 17. It handles more than 90% of the country's imports as well as transit products for Uganda, northern Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern DRC and Southern Sudan.
Robert Penno, group president of the company's Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and southern Europe business says: 'Having been involved in the initial design stage, we are pleased to take this project forward as it will add greatly to the port's capacity.'
Fort Vale has launched its new Safeload loading arm system, the latest addition to its range of products for the petroleum transfer industry.
The Safeload loading arm is the culmination of many months of research and development and analysis of customer feedback and features a balance mechanism, which combines industry-standard features with several innovative elements that deliver increased durability and safety.
The Safeload balance mechanism is manufactured in stainless steel as opposed to traditional cast steel with a coated finish.This ensures excellent corrosion resistance and inherent strength and durability.
The base swivel assembly incorporates a 3-seal and dual needle/dual ball race bearing combination for maximum axial and radial strength and performance. The specialist PTFE primary seal is rated to 400 Bar G, so is less prone to splitting in high-pressure operating conditions. The material is highly resistant to deterioration caused by product contact and affords the operator low-friction ease of movement.
Secondary and tertiary seals protect the swivel mechanism from dirt ingress, ensuring a long-lasting and hard-working installation. The base swivel also features a ‘swivel-stop’ device to prevent radial over-rotation and collision with adjacent loading arms. The stop bar is rubber-coated to ensure that there is no risk of spark generation.
Balance adjustment is controlled by gas struts. A limiter-bolt is incorporated as a failsafe to protect the loading arm and coupler from damage in the unlikely event of gas strut de-pressurisation.
As a superior safety feature, all the loading arm swivels contain an integral earth system, unique to the Safeload design, which ensures electrical continuity and eliminates the necessity for separate earth wiring.
The intermediate swivel and the coupler swivel are both of aluminium construction. A variety of spools and drop hoses will be offered and the coupler swivel has the option of a ball-end or D-style handle.
The balance mechanism can easily be configured to suit a top or bottom fuel supply as well as left or right orientation. All swivel/pipework flanges have industry standard drilling patterns to be compatible with existing terminal installations.
VTTI has awarded a client support programme contract to Rotork for the maintenance of critical valve actuation assets at its VTTV facility in Cyprus.
Approximately 400 Rotork IQ3 actuators controlled by Rotork's Pakscan 2-wire digital networks that manage the flow of media throughout the terminal have been covered on the 'tailor-made' CSP contract. The programme exploits the functionality of intelligent IQ3 technology with remote diagnostics and monitoring via dataloggers, enabling preventative maintenance to be organised with little or no interruption to plant operations.
The Rotork CSP involves regularly monitoring the current health and operable status of every actuator, keeping a full history of all activities performed and any parts used since the previous report. The information is analysed to provide a breakdown of critical, medium and low priority scheduled work and any corresponding unexpected work activities. Analysis also provides trending of actuator availability and reliability against agreed target costs and historical operating data as compared to agreed key performance indicators. Ongoing technical support further contributes to increased availability, reliability and improved performance.