The mission of this blog has always been to bring the experts around Emerson to you. Many of these folks also share their expertise in our Emerson Exchange 365 global user community and with LinkedIn posts. I’ll highlight an example I saw today.
Natural Gas has become the desired fuel for gas turbines used in modern power plants. Gas turbines are extremely sensitive to contaminants carry-over into the combustors, thus requires fuel gas to be treated to high level of purity for total protection and optimal operation. Gas Conditioning skids are used to clean and treat the gas to achieve the best results and ensure the highest turbine performance.
These gas conditioning skids perform the functions of removing contaminants entrained in the gas stream, superheating the gas stream above the hydrocarbon dew point, reducing pressure and maintaining tight pressure control, measuring the gas flow rate, and odorizing the gas so that it can be smelled in case of leaks. Continue Reading ▶
The biennial Petrotech conference in New Delhi, India is for oil & gas industry experts to exchange views and share knowledge, expertise and experiences. And given the pricing dynamics and changes in global supply levels and supply chains, there is much to discuss and share.
At the last conference this past December, Emerson’s Rajesh Nogaja presented Online Real-time Corrosion/ Erosion Monitoring Systems Ensure Top Quartile Business Performance. Here is an excerpt from the abstract of this presentation:
Corrosion and erosion is a major challenge for the Oil and Gas industry, Pipelines, Refineries and Petrochemical plants. Online Realtime Corrosion/Erosion Monitoring Systems helps the customer increase Profitability, Optimise Costs and Enhance Overall safety. Areas of Top Quartile Business Performance Improvements achieved are:
Increased Production rates and margins through Use of High TAN Opportunity Crudes
Sustainability of Infrastructure and Assets for longer periods, delayed Turnarounds
Early detection of Possible Piping and Asset Failures, improving safety and reliability
Rajesh discussed both inline/intrusive monitoring systems and non-intrusive ones. Roxar coupons are installed in pipes and vessels for some time period. Loss rate is determined by the coupon weight loss but can be affected by deposits, bacteria and corrosion. Roxar probes have very high sensitivity and ultrafast responses to provide efficient process corrosion/erosion management through the use of inhibitors and controlling production rates. Continue Reading ▶
Those with smart instrumentation know that installation, configuration and maintenance activities often require the plant technicians to carry multiple tools such as external power supplies or loop simulators in addition to the handheld instrumentation communicator device. Properly functioning instrumentation helps the operations staff and automation system control strategies manage the process more safely, reliably and efficiently.
The integrity of process piping is paramount to safe operations. Corrosion and erosion monitoring, especially for processes with challenging fluids, play an important role.
This short 2:10 YouTube video, Permasense ET210 Integrity Monitoring System, shows how piping erosion and corrosion can be monitored with pipe wall thickness measurements with non-intrusive wireless sensors strapped to the pipe. These sensors are yet more building blocks in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to monitor and provide early warning to improve overall operations. Continue Reading ▶
These posts highlight the issues associated with underinjecting chemicals and the excessive costs associated with over injection. Optimimum rates of injection help assure piping integrity by inhibiting deposits and corrosion.
Here is an excerpt from the opening of his post:
A lot of people have concerns about the future of oil and gas, and about how fossil fuels will contribute to the energy mix in the coming years. Considering the prolonged oil price downturn since 2014, along with budget restrictions on new projects, and the potential for recent political volatility to affect regulations, these concerns seem justified. Continue Reading ▶