Gasco achieves plant information integrity with INTERGRAPH® Smartplant® Enterprise
Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise benefits deployed at full capacity, leading innovation technology at major operator in the UAE
Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd. (GASCO) is the operating company in Abu Dhabi responsible for processing onshore natural gas and associated gas from onshore oil production fields. With a process capability of 8 billion standard cubic feet of feed gas (BSCFD) per day and producing 280,000 barrels of condensate, 6,800 tons of sulphur, and 44,000 tons of NGL per day, GASCO is currently one of the largest gas processing companies in the world.
GASCO’s industrial complex, one of the biggest in the United Arab Emirates, is composed of four desert plants – Asab, Bu Hasa, Habshan, and Bab and Ruwais – and a pipeline network which process and deliver a range of marketable products such as methane (C1), to industrial customers; ethane (C2), to Borouge; and propane (C3), butane (C4), paraffinic naphtha (C5+), granulated sulphur, and condensate, exported all over the world.
GASCO’s priority is to maximize production in the most cost-effective manner, while maintaining the highest possible standards of industrial safety and protection of the environment. To ensure that its production meets growing energy demand, Gasco decided to invest in building a robust, centralized, and integrated plant engineering management system for information integrity and to ensure that all plant drawings are as-built.
Gasco adopted Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise as a standard to:
• Consolidate three plants into one centralized enterprise system, using, SmartPlant Foundation (SPF) and an engineering applications database.
• Create a robust SPF integrated with SmartPlant engineering applications infrastructure with high availability.
• Standardize SmartPlant Enterprise latest release and SmartPlant engineering applications.
• Unify SPF Schema and SmartPlant P&ID (SPP&ID), SmartPlant Instrumentation (SPI), and Smart 3D Data Dictionary. • Create new standard Major Projects/B-13 Automation Plan.
• Enable the integration of SPF, Maximo, and Open Text ECM.
Ensuring a successful migration to SmartPlant Enterprise required some infrastructure and organizational changes.
An engineering numbering procedure (plant breakdown structure, documents and tags) was established to ensure accuracy and consistency of data and documents. Life-cycle information requirements were listed (documentation for operations) and the contractors’ scope of work was defined. It was important to identify one EPC responsible to deliver the SmartPlant Enterprise deliverables. This ensured leadership and appropriate coordination. It also provided early access to handover of data and documentation, with early access to compliance review and validation and verification of deliverables. To ensure everyone understood the changes, awareness and training sessions were set up, including workshops for senior management and training for designers and end users.
The implementation of the Major Projects Automation Plan was executed by establishing data and document standards, procedures, and workflows. These included data validation before handover, plant testing, and security audit conducted before handover, as well as creating a proper backup. Follow-up with EPC contractors during the project was essential to success.
Currently, all plants are standardized and unified on SPF and related SmartPlant Engineering Applications. The PBS hierarchy structure for the new system is complete and a unified SCHEMA file for SPF has been created. A new files database was created for SPPID, SPI, and Smart 3D. All SPE hardware and software infrastructure setup was completed. The company’s major projects automation plan is up and running, enabled by upgraded SPPID and SPI engineering applications and publishing systems.
The business benefits include quicker and easier retrieving of information; engineering data is shared between applications and users; and the company has better control of all plant modifications requests through SPF Engineering Change Management, as well as better control of the engineering processes workflow. Intelligent 3D models, data, drawings, and documents are up to date and navigation between 2D documents and 3D models is easier and faster. Consolidated and aggregated data from multiple heterogeneous sources provide a ‘single reliable source of the truth,’ which increases efficiency and ultimately reduces costs.
Gasco is currently working on optimizing projects and operations workflows to enable smoother decision-making and increase productivity. All existing plant drawings will be converted to SmartPlant Enterprise, providing as-built models of existing assets. In the coming months, SPF will be integrated with Maximo and OpenText ECM to provide a more comprehensive asset life cycle and maintenance management. An increasing number of projects will be brought into the system, aiming to achieve fully automated and intelligent plant operations.ABOUT INTERGRAPH
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore
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