An interesting aspect of this project, which began operations in early 2015, was that virtually all business units within Rockwell Automation were involved. One business unit which stood out was the automation and software division. They were responsible for providing the automatic control systems, process control networks and information Ethernet IP and software for historicizing variable management instruments and condition monitoring pumping units. The power systems unit is responsible for providing the variable frequency medium voltage drives that were used to drive pumping units.
The service unit was responsible for managing and overseeing all the work of the sub-contractor, who completed the assembly of the equipment and tools, pavement cables and networks, as well as running wirings force, control and instrumentation. The service unit was also responsible for testing and commissioning of MV drives.
Finally the systems and solutions unit completed the management and full integration of the project. This unit was what designed the architectures and development of control strategies as well as configures the logic and deployments to operate the station. They are also responsible for being the primary point of contact with supervisors and others from Balao terminal.
The system and solutions team from Rockwell Automation was who led technically from the proposal stage and in the stages of detailed engineering, construction, testing and training up to the commissioning and start the entire project. The team SSB or Systems and Solutions as it is known internally at Rockwell Automation, is where equipment and components are manufactured, transported, installed, and operated according to the timetable proposed originally in the offer.
The implemented control system, the PlantPAx modern distributed control system, includes not only the monitoring of process variables or the management of control valves for appropriate products that will be pumped, but also integrates with the variations of frequency PowerFlex 7000 AC drives.
This allows optimized control and management of the pumping system. "This allows us to control pressure with high precision, temperature and flow of fuel, in addition to measuring the vibration and temperature in the bearings of pumps, and key points to protect and increase the reliability of the pumping units", states Montaño
One of the most important tasks of this project was to develop and configure the application according to the engineer since this is a bi-directional station, i.e., discharge and reversion, and from the Esmeraldas refinery. "The system should run the various operations for all lines and pumps. Both suction and discharge challenges were fully met by Rockwell Automation” he says.
It's worth mentioning, that Rockwell Automation not only took over the provision of systems but also the assembly, installation, and commissioning throughout the project of automation, instrumentation and medium voltage drives. In that sense it's remarkable that this initiative was completed before the deadline assigned indicated in the contract by EP Petroecuador and without any additional cost to the end customer, the Ecuadorian State.