Automating a Vintage Natural Gas Storage Facility with Wireless Technology

  • Conference Program
  • EPC
  • April 9, 2019
  • 2:10 pm - 2:55 pm

Our natural gas storage facility located in Carbon, Alberta, Canada has several manually operated isolation valves that change the flow path of the facility between 4 different modes of operation (Injection, Withdrawal, Compression, and Dew Point Control). For years, these isolation valves have been manually operated and logged by field personnel. The field operators would update a large whiteboard in the control room with dry erase markers to visualize the facility process flow diagram and current mode of operation.

Our project transformed this manual effort into an automated process by leveraging several digital technologies including a wireless gateway, wireless position transmitters, DeltaV Distributed Control System, and Human Centered Design concepts.