Remote monitoring of APA's gas assets is now possible, thanks to SAGE’s smart SCADA and telemetry engineering solution.

Industry
Resources: Gas
Outcome
  • Remote monitoring and control of gas compressor assets
  • Further development of APA national SCADA standards
  • A functional remote unmanned compressor station
  • Close collaborative approach and engagement between SAGE and APA Group
Capability

Development of network architecture using Modbus TCP/IP and DNP3, between the Solar Turbines PLC, Station Flow Computer, Trident CSC, RTU, ClearSCADA HMI and servers.

Region
Pilbara, Western Australia

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Challenge

APA Group is Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure business, owning and/or operating more than $8 billion of gas transmission and distribution assets. Its pipelines and assets span every state and territory on mainland Australia, delivering 50 percent of the nation’s gas usage.

In January 2012, APA announced an expansion of the Goldfields Gas Pipeline in Western Australia’s Pilbara. The expansion plans were in response to the boom in mining activity along the pipeline which services Rio Tinto and The Mount Newman Joint Venture, in which BHP Billiton Minerals holds an 85 percent stake.

The expansion work for the Mount Newman JV contract required two new compressor stations, at Turee Creek and at the inlet to the Newman lateral, to provide an additional 28 percent capacity on the mainline and the Newman lateral.

 

Solution

APA Group appointed SAGE Automation to undertake the SCADA engineering works on the local and remote SCADA systems, including interfacing to the local RTU to provide local and remote access for monitoring and control of the compressor site equipment from new standard mimic screens. 

Technology used:

  • SCADA: ClearSCADA
  • RTU: SCADAPack
  • Protocol: DNP3, Modbus TCP/IP

Outcome

SAGE developed the network architecture using Modbus TCP/IP and DNP3, between the Solar Turbines PLC, Station Flow Computer, Trident CSC, RTU, ClearSCADA HMI and servers.

The development of the SCADA and telemetry system was configured to APA Group’s national SCADA standards.

Key outcomes include: 

  • Remote monitoring and control of gas compressor assets
  • Further development of APA national SCADA standards
  • A functional remote unmanned compressor station
  • Close collaborative approach and engagement between SAGE and APA Group
Remote monitoring of gas assets

Scope of works

  • ClearSCADA configuration of local and remote systems
  • Design, implement, test, install and commission of ClearSCADA system graphics, mimics and pop-ups
  • Database historian, trends and alarm management configuration
  • Network setup and Configuration
  • Flow computer and SCADAPack units for DNP3 testing works
  • Interfacing between ClearSCADA remote servers and compressor PLCs
  • RTU configuration design
  • Design review workshop
  • Planning and testing documentation for pre-FAT, FAT and SAT
  • Configuration of Modbus TCP/IP, DNP3
  • Interfacing – ClearSCADA remote servers and RTU SCADAPack to Compressor PLC (Rockwell ControlLogix), Station Flow Computer, Trident Safety System

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