Long-term savings part of the pipeline operator’s sustainability strategy

We’ve discussed in previous posts how effective energy management, through the implementation of a system-wide power optimisation solution, can benefit the hydrocarbon pipeline operator –

With the automation and control capabilities afforded by the application, the operator schedules jobs based on predictable rate schedules; sequences jobs in order of demand while avoiding rate spikes; and favors more economical assets when accommodating extra load – all to improve business efficiency.

At the same time, the operator reduces system-wide power consumption by as much as 20 per cent and saves significant operating costs. With historical calculated energy costs stored in a demand recorder to calculate accurate energy brackets and demand charges, the operator can forecast future energy consumption based on varying operational modes and can more effectively negotiate energy rate contracts with its provider.

The operator generates carbon credits, as defined by the government, that can be sold, traded, or applied to reduce the operator’s carbon footprint.

The real-time information continuously available through an energy management application identifies significant operating constraints such as pump capacities, maximum operating pressures, slack line conditions, and DRA effects. This level of real-time information helps the operator stay on top of operational safety and the security of network assets and supports infrastructure planning.

Putting accurate, real-time pipeline network information to work makes power optimisation extremely realistic and highly rewarding for the company and its stakeholders, while supporting overall operational security, safety, and environmental stewardship.