The Solid State Pipeline Gauger
- R.A. Hinchliffe (Home Oil Company Limited)
- Document ID
- Petroleum Society of Canada
- Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- October 1966
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 171 - 174
- 1966.Petroleum Society of Canada
- 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers
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Automatic receiving and delivery facilities have been installed by FederatedPipe Lines Ltd. at all gathering points where power is available. Thisequipment reduces the frequency of visits by operating personnel and, barringcomponent failure, provides reliable control of pipeline facilities.
The "Fieldgate" operational technique now being employed by producingcompanies requires that the pipeline provide the most efficient handlingpossible. In the past, crude from a field was received at perhaps a dozen ormore locations; now the entire production may be received at one "Fieldgate"battery. This resulting high throughput from a single location must not be heldup, and down time of pipeline facilities has to be kept to a minimum.
Remote control of pipeline facilities at these locations of high throughputpermits continuous monitoring, and equipment malfunction is indicated at theoperating control center. Remedial action can be initiated much quicker by thismonitoring than by the visual inspection of a passing operator.
The installation of remote control equipment must be considered carefully,bearing in mind that the automatic equipment at the battery is accomplishingthe over-all function of accepting, metering and shipping crude.
The essential requirements of the remote control system are to provide anindication of equipment status and equipment on-off control. Digital readout ofthe metering equipment is required to determine periodic throughput. Alarmindications are to be registered whenever a condition arises which affects theoperation of the pipeline facilities. Reset control is a requirement to rectifypower failure conditions once power has been restored.
The gathering system installed by Federated Pipe Lines Ltd. serves variouscrude oil producers in an area some 60 miles long and, at one point, 30 mileswide. Until ten years ago, this region of Alberta was an isolated wildernessand the only surface access was over a few forestry trails. The currentproducing fields of Swan Hills, Judy Creek, Carson Creek, Virginia Hills, MorseRiver, Inverness, Deer Mountain and House Mountain lie within this area.
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