ABUTEC Navigates to U.S. Coast Guard Certification - Case Study


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ABUTEC has carved a niche in the midstream oil & gas sector by providing turnkey Marine Vapor Control System (MVCS) solutions. But what if your site needs a custom solution? ABUTEC recently created a custom solution for Targa Resources to aid in flaring during the barge offloading process.

Targa Resources, located in Channelview, Texas, is a provider of midstream services to North America. Targa has an established presence in multiple shale and natural resource plays, including the Permian Basin, Barnett Shale, Bakken Shale as well as onshore Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. The Channelview facility needed a custom solution that would allow loading of 5,500 barrels of crude oil per hour while meeting strict U.S. Coast Guard specifications.

ABUTEC project management and design engineers configured a system to accommodate the congested port in which Targa operates. ABUTEC customized two 11.5 megawatt High Temperature Flare (HTF) combustion units, a blower skid and berth side safety unit. After Targa installed the units, ABUTEC control engineers took just four days to test and tune the system in preparation for certification by the U.S. Coast Guard. This process typically takes multiple weeks to complete.

Throughout the process ABUTEC kept safety at the forefront of the design and installation process.  

By utilizing state-of-the-art touchscreen technology for the operator interface, alarms were tested and all required safety checks were made. With multiple Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) loops controlling everything from stack temperatures to maintaining a slight vacuum on the barge being loaded, the complex control system runs smoothly. Further, all of this is linked to Targa’s SCADA system, allowing for remote monitoring as well as data logging by Targa engineers and operations from Targa offices.

While designed primarily for crude oil vapor, the ABUTEC HTF allows for extreme versatility. The HTF is capable of combusting anything from condensate and natural gasoline to Bakken crude oil or white naphtha.

The total project took approximately seven months –however- impressively the time from approval of drawings to U.S. Coast Guard certification took only 16 weeks. Further, Targa allowed ABUTEC to take a project management role, seeing all aspects of the project through from start to completion and allowing design input regarding the small footprint allowed for successful implementation. This project management approach assisted in an approximate $100,000 savings for Targa Resources. Additionally, a previous ABUTEC project met a DRE of 99.999%, and this project is anticipated to reach the same. ABUTEC HTFs are setting new standards in the industry

If you are looking for a custom or turnkey solution for your barge loading or barge cleaning/degassing facility, turn to the experts at ABUTEC. We are dedicated to meeting regulations and saving you time and money. Read more of our case studies to see our products in action.  

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