Metering Stations And Pipeline Integrity

21 September 2017
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As an oil or gas industry manager, one of your many job-related responsibilities is a basic one: keep the pipeline working. When a portion of pipeline goes offline, that could drive up costs and create delays that can be problematic to many people. To maintain and encourage pipeline integrity you have many tools and aids. Your metering stations, for instance, provide valuable measurements and information. These stations prevent trouble, but if the stations themselves aren't kept well, that can result in all kinds of problems that require multiple solutions. Attentiveness to the issues below is vital for the health of these stations and in turn, the integrity of your lines.  

Recalibration

While cleaning of the meters is something everyone agrees must happen, and you may have scheduled such tasks, recalibration is overlooked from time to time. This can be particularly troublesome because incorrect readings caused by overworking or other factors can permit the metering station to transmit information that is in fact faulty. This can ultimately affect the quality of your gas or oil and ultimately your customers. To keep your high standards and safeguard the quality of your meter readings, ensure recalibration is done regularly. 

If you suspect that recalibration hasn't worked, even if that work is supposed to have been done, check for rust or corrosion issues. Rust can interfere with meters and their work, so beware.

Battery Changes

It is sometimes the most simple situation that can wreak pipeline havoc. When information suddenly stops reaching you and control center employees, panic is natural, especially if that non-responding station is out in an uninhabitable area. Before worrying, though, check logs to see when the battery was last attended to.

Batteries are forgotten easily. You might wish to schedule new batteries with any trip made out to a metering station; that way, you're unlikely to ever deal with dead ones. 

Constantly DirtyFilters

Regular cleanings is likely to include some attention to the filters present at any station. That's because dirty filters act like blockages in the pipeline. However, if you notice that filter cleaning is happening often, it's time to look for the root of those problems. What is causing the filter to clog? Do you need to clean the meters even more often, for instance? Is there a fundamental quality issue with the source of the oil or gas? Don't ignore dirty filters and what they could mean.

Pipeline integrity is best maintained with the assistance of well-kept metering stations. Delegate work for each station to a different group of employees so that all of them work well.