Bucharest, Romania (PressExposure) July 21, 2011 -- The surveys indicate that at the beginning of this year, 119,938 miles of pipelines are planned and under construction worldwide. Of these, 83,634 represent projects in the planning and design phase while 36,304 miles reflect pipelines in various stages of construction. In America only, according to the National Petroleum Council, natural gas distribution utilities must construct 255,000 miles of new lines by 2015 to bring natural gas to consumers, expanding the current system by about 25%. In Asia Pacific of the 41,525 miles of new and planned pipelines, 29,072 miles represent pipelines in the engineering and design phase, while 12,453 miles reflect projects in various stages of construction with China, India and Australia remain the most active. In Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and even in Africa pipelines are being planned and built. (Source: Pipeline & Gas Journal - "2011 Worldwide Pipeline Construction Report").
There are millions of kilometers of gas transportation networks worldwide and the regulation and measurement technologies play a more and more important role in all gas pipeline stations. Over the long term, the countries must ensure that natural gas supplies keep pace with growing demand, and that adequate infrastructure is in place to bring supplies to regional demand areas. With increasing transport distances and the ever-growing concentration of regional transport networks, the demands on these technologies continue to rise.
"The quality and accuracy, supported by complex automation technology, are today the answer to the development of the gas network. We're talking more and more about design criteria and the importance of accuracy in gas quantity and quality measurements, trying to eliminate the measurement uncertainty.", says Ion Andronache, the CEO of the Romanian company Syscom18, one of the national leaders on the process control and automation market, company that provides integrated solutions for gas applications.
Briefly, wherever gas needs to be transported, measured or stored, there are necessary adequate solutions for design and manufacture of natural gas control, measurement and analysis equipment, including flow metering technology, regulating products and safety devices for the most demanding applications. The gas metering systems are used to measure and manage the custody transfer of gas in a pipeline and designed specifically for the environment where they will be used. The measurement systems usually manage product transfer at critical points for a range of operations including: pipelines, Onshore and Offshore production facilities, floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units, liquefied natural gas plants, refineries, and petrochemical plants.
Typically, the gas metering systems are located at critical measurement points on a pipeline such as international borders, interstate / county boundaries. But the gas metering systems may also be located on gas producing platforms, gas separation plants, gas storage facilities, LNG plants and gas processing facilities. The pipeline engineering offers solutions for gas measurement and transmission through pipelines. The measurement systems may include ultrasonic and orifice meter skids, flow control/SCADA, valve switching, inter-connect piping. The complete skid mounted metering systems that are fabricated in-house help ensure consistently high quality gas metering systems and they are produced faster than field-built options.
"The works within the gas sector are complex. Syscom18, for example, realized locally in recent years, several projects in natural gas systems, mainly works of automation at gas compression stations, and natural gas measurement-metering systems at the main gas stations.", as Mr. Andronache shows. The works at the measuring-metering gas stations were made accordingly to different principles of measurement used in Europe (systems with ultrasonic meters, systems with turbine meters or orifice plate). The measuring stations are made at the interface between the main operators on the natural gas market in Romania (Transgaz, Romgaz, Petrom). Syscom18 also modernized the measuring stations Isaccea 1 and Negru Voda 1 for the international transit Ukraine-Romania-Bulgaria and has provided years of service among all the import and transit stations in Romania. During 2011 and continuing in 2012, the company will perform, produce, install and commissioning measuring-metering systems for the new transit station Giurgiu-Ruse, connecting Romania and Bulgaria.
"It is important to have a system integrator's expertise along the entire gas supply chain, particularly in the areas of natural gas transportation, storage, distribution and industrial consumption. Organizations managing automation systems must ensure the long-term security and compliance of those systems, while maintaining availability and reliability. These new capabilities will help our customers enhance operational excellence while more efficiently managing security and compliance infrastructure.", says Ion Andronache.