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Storage and distribution in the Oil & Gas industry

Process automation in storage and distribution areas

Establish smart protocols to minimize risk to people, environment and asset

Market requirements in the Oil & Gas industry are changing. Over the last decades, the world has learned some difficult lessons when it comes to safe operations. Of course, safe operations around-the-clock are of vital importance and so is efficiency. You look to maximize the usage of all capacity in existing tanks, and to apply adequate inventory control, loading and custody transfer systems in tank terminals, tank depots and transport vehicles to keep up the pace with market development.

75%

of the world tanker fleet are being independently owned. In addition, in the natural gas transport and storage network, nearly all is transported through interstate pipelines owned by at least 70 to 80 companies to over several hundred underground storage facilities. As a result, the storage and transportation represent a labyrinth needing rigorous inspections, compliance standards, and regulations.

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Safety by choice, not by chance

We owe our good reputation to our industry know-how, and the creativity and commitment of our employees. We believe in long-term customer relationships and help you achieve what is right for you. From easy monitoring of tank and silo levels through highly accurate custody transfer Tank Gauging at tanks and the automation of terminals, we offer complete range of technologies, scalable software packages and apply uniform operating and safety concepts for simple and safety operations.

  • Compliance with internationally recognized standards and recommendations such as: API, OIML, SIL, IP, NORDSOK, NACE 250+

  • Product lines certified according to hazardous area standards such as: ATEX, FM, TIIS Safety by Design

  • Use of state of the art technology - IEC 61508 SIL 2 and up to SIL 3 for homogeneous-redundant application

Improve the safety of your storage and distribution areas

  • Process map of storage and distribution ©Endress+Hauser

    Storage and distribution

  • Overfill prevention system for a tank -  process map with parameters ©Endress+Hauser

    Safely monitor your tank and prevent hazardous overflow with an intelligent system that is able to operate by itself.

  • Graphic showing a ship loading custody transfer application. ©Endress+Hauser

    Make your transaction more efficient, more reliable and safer with ship loading custody metering systems.

  • Graphic showing a truck or railcar loading custody transfer application. ©Endress+Hauser

    Safe truck or railcar loading and offloading application with custody metering systems.

  • Graphic showing bunker fueling process ©Endress+Hauser

    Accurate bunker fueling: direct mass measurement without converting volume, and higher security with sealed individual devices and entire measuring system to protect from unintentional tampering.

Reliable gauging and metering in safe hands

Custody metering

Certified custody metering solution for higher transparency and peace of mind. Loading/ offloading processes can lead to conflicting situations. We can support to overcome these challenges. Our highly accurate and reliable Coriolis flowmeters require minimal maintenance and recalibration. Thanks to the large meter sizes available more ships, trucks and railcars can be handled per day, increasing your transfer capacity whilst guaranteeing accuracy, transparency and safety during the process.

  • Safer loading thanks to higher tolerance of air content than with mechanical meters

  • Get your plant up and running on time and on budget due to commissioning site management

Loading bay with high accuracy custody transfer measurement with Promass 83F

Bunker fuel metering

Replacing traditional quantity measurement by bunker fuel metering systems containing Coriolis flowmeters brings you more transparency. Indeed, the system ensures that air pockets are included correctly in the measurement when emptying tanks. And, during the fueling process, multiple process parameters are simultaneously monitored and graphically displayed as “metering profiles” via a control panel. The buyer as well as the supplier have complete transparency before, during and after fueling.

  • Increased profitability

  • Unlimited security

  • Higher trust

Accurate bunker fueling process

Overfill prevention in storage tanks

Tank overfills are a major concern and management teams around the world are upgrading their overfill prevention system. How do you cope with this matter? To meet your needs, we partner with Rockwell Automation to offer a pre-configured solution package with independent safety certification for the entire safety loop, from measurement and control to element correction. The solution complies with industry best practices and standards API 2350 and IEC 61511.

  • You increase integrity and reliability

  • You reduce operational risk

  • You reduce engineering and commissioning time

  • You reduce maintenance expenses

Picture of tank farm/ oil tanks in a refinery. Endress+hauser together with customer.

Terminal management

More than ever before, the importance of terminal automation is rising. This is due to changes in markets, competition as well as in the regulatory and social environment. We offer terminal automation systems for all applications e.g. road, rail, ship and barge loading, depots and terminals; management of process sub-systems and transports to business systems (ERP...); and scalable solutions from simple stand-alone station for small depots to full client server systems for larger sites.

  • Reduced installation, operation and maintenance costs

  • Custody transfer metering skids conform to API and MID

  • Enhanced accuracy for better volume and mass

Terminal automation by Endress+Hauser

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Benefits

We continuously optimize our processes and use of innovative technologies which enable us to extend the frontiers of measurement, control and automation engineering. Customers find safe and efficient solutions for their benefit.

<5 min

is the time needed to run a proof-testing on 16 tanks

17+

years of functional safety standards IEC 61508 (quality, safety and reliability) applied

24/7

is the visibility you get with our inventory monitoring solutions

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