Oil Terminals

We have extensive experience with oil terminals.  Our oil terminal projects usually involve receiving crude from a variety of inbound pipelines.  After travelling past the pig receiver, the inbound crude is metered with custody transfer meter skids, and then delivered to the floating roof tanks via valve manifolds.  The typical floating roof tank sizes vary from 50,000 barrels to 250,000 barrels and beyond.  The number of floating roof tanks can vary from one to several dozen, depending on the needs of the client.  The crude is drawn from the floating roof tanks, through the valve manifolds, to a booster pump, which delivers the crude through the outbound meter skids.  The crude is delivered to the mainline pumps, which pressurize the crude to the required pipeline pressure.  Before injection into the outbound pipelines, the crude passes by the associated outbound pig launcher.  Many configurations are possible, depending on the company needs.  For example, blending of crude and condensate is easily achievable.  Some facilities need to segregate the crude due to commercial agreements.  Most of our facilities are remotely monitored and controlled utilizing the latest SCADA technology, which operates the pumps and motor operated valves (MOV), and monitoring the terminal instruments.  For companies that need to limit their capital spending, we can design simpler, less automated systems that reduce the initial costs.

Our staff has strong experience with heavy manufacturing and power production.  An example of heavy manufacturing is a typical brick plant project.  The raw material (clay soil) is delivery by truck and dumped into a hopper with grizzly bars.  The material is belt conveyed and stored, before being loaded into the main plant.  The material is conveyed to a mixing hopper, where it is mixed with a precise amount of water to make a thick slurry.  The slurry is injected into the brick molds and is cut to size as it exits the extruder.  The bricks are dryed to allow stacking on to the kiln carts, which are refractory lined and travels on rails.  The continuous stream of kiln carts travel through the tunnel kiln at a slow rate of speed, “firing” the brick, which makes it hard and durable.  The carts exit the tunnel kiln to cool at a controlled rate.  The final bricks are palletized and shipped out by truck to the final customer.

Our staff has extensive experience in a wide range of oil & gas, industrial, and manufacturing projects.   We focus on the business needs of the client so we understand their business goals.  Focusing on our clients’ business goals enables us to design and build a facility that matches their business needs.

Central Tank Batteries

We specialize in gas compressor stations and gas processing facilities.  Our typical compressor station project involves multiple compressors and all the associated equipment.  We design our compressor stations to be flexible with increased or decreased production needs.  Our staff members are experts at gas processing facilities.  We integrate the skid mounted equipment to provide the balance of plant for a fully complete system.  Our cryogenic plants can be coupled with a full fractionation facility, complete with depropanizers, deethanizers, and debutanizers.  We offer full engineering services, including start up and commissioning support.  Our hands-on staff understands that a job isn't complete until our client has a fully functioning facility. 

Gas Compression and Processing

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Pipelines and Gathering Systems

We specialize in large scale central tank batteries.  It is more cost effective to build one large central tank battery system rather than multiple small stand-alone systems.  The facility receives the “raw crude” from the oil well into a valved manifold.  At the manifold, the operator can direct each well to the “main production stream” or the “test stream”.  In the main production stream, the two-phase separator and heater treater separates the oil, water, and gas.  The oil and water are stored in a series of standard API 12F tanks, which is eventually metered and sent to trucks or pipeline.  The gas is scrubbed , compressed, and metered to be sent to the gas pipeline.   The operator can direct a single well to the test stream, which will meter the oil and gas for only that single well.  Vapor Recovery Units (VRU) can be utilized to capture the vapors and send to the sales gas pipeline.  These systems also have a back up flare system with a knock-out vessel.  Some clients request grooved pipe couplings, commonly known as Victaulic fittings, to reduce the field installation costs and improve schedule.

Heavy Manufacturing

Our pipeline and gathering system projects involve miles of pipelines that typically range from 6” to 42” diameter.  We analyze the pipeline hydraulics to determine the pressure profiles and the required pumping horsepower.  We work with companies to optimize their pipeline network to reduce the overall cost of their system.  For example, a simple analysis can determine the most optimum diameter, wall thickness, and material grade, which can greatly impact the final cost and capacity of the pipeline.  Taking a long term view of the pumping horsepower, can offer operational cost savings that will last the life of the pipeline.  Depending on the business goals of the company, we can minimize long term costs or minimize initial costs.  We analyze the HDD bores (horizontal directional drilling) to ensure that it meets requirements.  We analyze the pressure profiles, including surge relief, to ensure the pipeline operates within acceptable limits.   Our pipeline systems adhere to the company, industry, and regulatory requirements, including API and DOT PHMSA.