A reputation for success
We have built an industry-wide reputation as an upgrade specialist. Many of our completed systems worldwide are based on upgrades or refits of older metering computer systems.
Upgrading existing systems in online environments can be a real challenge. Over the years we have developed strategies and working practices that have established us as a leader in this field. Customers who have utilised our experience for live changeover projects include Shell, BP, Centrica, CNR International, ConocoPhillips, Repsol Sinopec, SAMREF and Saudi Aramco.
Our largest live cut-over projects include replacement of the CATS terminal metering system in the UK for BP, upgrade of all berths at SAMREF (Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery) in Yanbu, and upgrade of the Flotta Crude Oil Terminal system in the UK for Repsol Sinopec.
From oil platforms in the North Sea where older panels need to be refitted, to the installation of new panels into jetty systems in the Middle East, we create detailed installation and commissioning strategies that help to minimise system downtime and reduce the risk to on-site operations, whilst still allowing safe operation of the existing system whilst a phased cut-over is performed. We excel at strategic planning and working with our customers to create upgrades and live cut-overs with minimal downtime for their operations.
For years customers have come to us to upgrade systems and then install them in a live environment. Careful planning right from the initial project stages and close collaboration with customers ensure that we produce a solution that allows for a smooth installation and commissioning of the new metering system.
We produce detailed work packs and step-by-step I&C procedures for all of our projects, particularly those requiring work on live systems. This level of documentation gives our customers confidence in the work to be carried out and satisfies the strict requirements that operators have in place for working in control panels outside a shutdown.
Sometimes the answers to retrofitting older fixed in place panels require some innovative thinking, engineering of specialist gear-plates, pre-wired terminal blocks and harnesses etc. This allows equipment to be quickly mounted, reducing system downtime. These innovative solutions also allow unreliable older wiring and terminals to be removed. Panel space is a common issue often experienced during system upgrades, and wherever we can we will look to utilise existing equipment within the panel, where appropriate, or replace it in the most efficient manner possible. Once again, we discuss this with our customers at the earliest possible stage, giving a clear and efficient path to project completion.
Working within sites “permit to work” and adherence to health and safety are as important as a correctly engineered solution, and our engineers undergo constant refresher training to ensure this is the case.