Emerson was selected by Eastham Refinery in the UK to design and implement its terminal automation system to cost-effectively enhance system reliability and availability for bitumen loading operations at the refinery's Eastham Terminal.
The scalable, enterprise level midstream logistics management solution based on Emerson’s TerminalManager software and DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) is helping the terminal achieve its goals of digitally transforming its operations and accelerating on a path toward top quartile performance, achieving operational and capital performance within the top 25% of peer companies.
‘We have transformed how we operate with Emerson’s solution,’ says Doug Watt, senior process engineer of Eastham Refinery. ‘Our previous system resulted in many operator interventions on a daily basis. Today, there are practically zero interventions due to the reliability of our new system, leading to a significant reduction in downtime and maintenance costs.
'The accuracy and performance of Emerson’s solution have also helped us maximise tanker load quantities and minimise the potential for safety incidents. As a result, loading delays that were commonplace are no longer a burden and our customer service levels have significantly improved.’
‘Operational challenges are common in terminals and lead to losses in productivity and profitability,’ says Pedro D’Ascola, vice president and general manager for remote automation technologies at Emerson.
‘Addressing critical system and asset availability issues requires modernisation, and our integrated solution is enabling optimisation at the Eastham site. Operators can now access real-time inventory levels and other operational data on demand to minimise costly errors and delays.’
Emerson’s terminal automation solution for Eastham Terminal includes TerminalManager software for management of terminal operations and commercial activities and the DeltaV DCS for accurate blending control and movement.
The Sniffers has developed a methane accounting programme to help oil and gas asset owners achieve
effective methane emission reduction.
The programme determines how much methane is emitted per asset and across the entire chain from well to market. It reduces these methane emissions bearing sustainability in mind and reports audited data to all stakeholders in a credible way.
The programme, based on a ‘fit for purpose’ train of thought, takes the comprehensive approach towards continuous improvement of all emissions from all assets on the gas value chain. It considers all relevant technologies and protocols and provides a balance between sufficiently accurate emission figures and the cost of such a programme.
Bart Wauterickx, CEO, The Sniffers, says: ‘The programme consists of three key steps. First, we develop a fit-for-purpose methane programme together with the customer. It incorporates the right technologies and protocols for the methane situation at the site. Next, field emission surveys are executed. We start from a bottom-up inventory of all potentially emitting sources and generate accurate and reliable measurements.
‘The detailed figures and emission report are then assessed, leading to a stream of continuous improvement actions for a fine tuned programme for sustainable improvements. This is the third and final step in the program. The sustainable improvement programme can consist of adjusting measuring frequencies based on risk-based inspection approaches, continuous IoT sensor measurements or remote emission monitoring techniques,’ Wauterickx adds.
The methane accounting programme applies to all steps of the gas value chain and delivers tangible results. The detailed methane emission figures provide a tremendous insight into the environmental performance of the assets and in the opportunities for further improvement.
It allows customers to drive and prioritise remediation through maintenance projects and engineering changes. More opportunities become visible through peer-to-peer benchmarking against The Sniffers’ extensive emission database; best practices are revealed and areas for improvements become visible. This detailed action-oriented approach from The Sniffers’ methane accounting programme creates high awareness of the environmental impact of oil and gas installations. The programme also allows customers to identify the biggest opportunities for methane emission reduction and enables reliable communication of actual emission data to all stakeholders involved.
Implico has received the ISMS certification by TÜV Nord confirming that its internal processes and regulations comply with the ISO 27001 definitions.
ISO 27001 guarantees a high level of information security, which is subject to steady testing and continuous improvement.
Downstream IT specialist Implico has invested heavily into the documentation and optimisation of its work and business processes under the terms of the Information Security Management System (ISMS). It is now officially certified in the areas OpenTAS, iGOS, IT and SAP hosting.
In the course of the two-stage audit, TÜV Nord did a comprehensive check of the information security in the company headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Implico convinced the auditors with its resilient information technology, exemplary documentation and strong security awareness. Additionally, Implico has clear regulations for information transfer and regular employee trainings.
Stephan Buhre, managing director at Implico, says: 'In an information-driven industry like oil and gas, security and confidentiality are paramount.
'The ISMS certification classifies Implico as a trustworthy partner with whom even sensitive data is in safe hands. We have heaved security at Implico to a new level.'
Loadtec Engineered Systems has sold its marine arm division to Woodfield Systems Ltd.
The marine arm division has developed well over the last two years and has reached a point where it needs to develop and grow further with a like-minded business. Woodfield Systems, based in Whitstable, UK, have the resource and ambition to support the marine arm product range. It will also complement the company's established marine arm brands, which it has been manufacturing since the 1950's.
The core Loadtec marine team will transfer to Woodfield.
Alec Keeler, managing director of Loadtec, says: 'We are excited to see how Woofield will develop the Loadtec marine arm brand using their resource and support activities and we wish them well.'
Sales director of Woodfield Systems David Williams adds: 'This is an exciting time for Woodfield Systems Ltd and the acquisition of the Loadtec marine loading arm division will complement our existing range of marine loading arms.'
Keeler adds that Loadtec will continue to focus on key product markets including road and rail tanker bulk liquid transfer, fall prevention systems and marine gangways.
'The markets are seeing more sophistication in their automation of manual processes along with increased safety assurance,' he says.
'We are taking strong and positive steps to lead the way with new products and packages that represent the cutting edge of what is achievable in chemical plants and terminals.'
Crowcon Detection Instruments has launched a new dual range portable monitor to add to its Gas-Pro range.
Gas-Pro TK has been designed for use in specialist inerted tank environments to monitor levels of flammable gases and oxygen. An environment where standard gas detectors will not work.
Fiona Macrae, regional marketing manager at Crowcon says: 'We have created the new Gas-Pro TK device for the specialist application of monitoring inerted tank spaces during purging or gas freeing. It enables users to monitor the gas mix in tanks carrying flammable gas during transport at sea or on shore, such as oil tankers and oil storage terminals. At 340g, Gas-Pro TK is up to six times lighter than other monitors for this application; a boon if you have to carry it with you all day.'
In tank check mode, the Crowcon Gas-Pro TK (rebranded from Tank-Pro), monitors concentrations of flammable gas and oxygen, checking that an unsafe mixture is not developing. It uses dual IR sensor technology which detects the spectrum of possible flammable gas concentrations from high %vol to low %LEL. The device auto-ranges, switching between %vol and %LEL as gas concentration demands, without manual intervention, and notifies the user as it happens.
'What makes this detector special is the fact that the dual IR is not inhibited by high concentrations; nor does it require oxygen to work - unlike catalytic bead sensors which are totally unsuitable for this application,' adds Macrae.
The Gas-Pro TK is available calibrated methane, propane or butane. With IP65 and IP67 ingress protection, Gas-Pro TK meets the demands of most industrial environments. With optional MED certifications, it is a valuable tool for tank monitoring on-board ship. The optional High H₂S Sensor addition allows users to analyse possible risk if gases vent during purging, as well as the potential risk from pyrophores. With this option, users can monitor over the 0-100 or 0-1000ppm range.
As with other units in the Gas-Pro range of detectors, Gas-Pro TK has the additional benefit of offering full personal gas detection and confined space pre-entry check functionalities.
It will appeal to health and safety managers responsible for marine fuel tankers and on-shore oil storage terminals and tank farms and it provides atmosphere monitoring whilst purging inerted tank spaces or returning to breathable atmosphere (gas freeing).
TankTerminals.com will launch a new and improved database platform at the end of April.
The platform, which has a new website design and database platform, has new features to improve the capabilities of this tool.
It will contain a database on tank storage facilities globally, analytics tools such as a market share calculator, historic and future capacitary evolution and a competitive benchmarking tool.
Patrick Kulsen, managing director of PJK International and TankTerminals.com, says: 'The improved platform will provide more insights in the global tank storage industry and will increase quality and efficiency.'
For more information, visit www.tankterminals.com.
ProSys, a global supplier of software and services, has been acquired by Emerson.
ProSys' services and products increase production and safety for the chemical, oil and gas and refining industries. These solutions build intuitive processes for plant operators and make every process easier.
Its portfolio includes solutions that help operators manager alarms critical to plant production and safety, and efficiently handle changing plant states. Additionally, ProSys provides high-performance and intuitive graphics for better operator communications.
Mike Train, executive president, Emerson Automation Solutions, says: 'Adding ProSys' differentiated technologies and expertise allows us to help our customers improve plant performance, safety and profitability by optimizing their human and automation resources. With ProSys, we can provide innovative control and operator performance capabilities to make control room operators far more effective.'
ProSys' software portfolio support's Emerson's Operational Certainty programme designed to help industrial companies achieve top quartile performance in areas of safety, reliability, and production.
Solace Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on special situations investments has acquired CST Industries.
CST Industries, the world's largest and leading tank and dome manufacturer, provides storage systems, complementary or independent cover products, proprietary coating and lining services, field installation, inspection, maintenance and retrofit proficiency, to a wide range of end markets.
Christopher Brothers, managing partner at Solace, says: 'As global demand for storage tanks and covers increases, we believe CST is well positioned to leverage its scale, unique engineering and manufacturing experise, strong and growing order backlog and significantly strengthened balance sheet to meet the needs of its customers worldwide.'
Tim Carpenter, CEO of CST, adds: 'This is an exciting new chapter for our company. Over the past 18 months, we have made significant operational improvements across all facets of the business, enhancing our safety, quality, delivery, manufacturing proficiency, responsiveness and customer satisfaction.'
Alliance Tank Service (ATS) Group has bought Willbros Tank Services in a move to move to expand resources for steel tank construction and repair.
The expanded company will operate as ATS Group and will have offices in Cushing, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Channelview, Texas.
ATS president and CEO John Allcorn says: 'With the acquisition of Willbros Tank Services, we are excited to be able to offer our customers expanded resources for steel tank construction and tank repair.
'Combining Willbros' team with ATS', we'll be collectively stronger, safer, more reliable, and more responsive to customers. ATS' and Willbros' individual strengths will dovetail nicely and allow us to expand workflow and widen our geographical reach.'
Alliance Tank Service (ATS) is a turnkey tank service provider that offers aboveground storage tank construction, API 653 tank repairs, civil and structural engineering design, concrete foundation design, in-house drafting, cathodic protection, secondary containment, piping and consulting services.
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.'