Visualization and control of the Lavan Refinery's oil metering system in Iran

June 16, 2016 | Reliance SCADA

In 2015, Delta Gas Mobin Group implemented a system for the monitoring and control of the oil metering system at the Lavan Refinery in Iran.

The metering system comprises three metering skids, each of which has two separate meter runs. So, in total, there are six meter runs with turbine flow meters, including each meter run's inlet and outlet.

Meter run = a piece of pipe that is equipped with all necessary instruments
         for custody transfer flow metering

Each meter run is equipped with the following elements:

  • Two motor-operated isolation valves
  • Turbine flow meter
  • Absolute or gauge pressure transmitter
  • Temperature transmitter
  • Local indicators for temperatures and pressures
  • Prover motor-operated isolation valve
  • Flow control valve
  • Strainer

To verify the accuracy of flow measurement (automatically/manually), a bidirectional pipe prover is used.

Control system

The elements of each meter run are wired to the flow computing, monitoring, and supervisory cabinet (control cabinet), which is installed in the control room. A server PC and two printers are located in the operator's room. The PC is equipped with Reliance's runtime software and is connected to the control cabinet through a redundant Ethernet link.

The software has different access levels, which protect the system against unwanted access. Required field and calculated signals are transferred to the distributed control system.

The system is equipped with a Siemens SIMATIC S7-400H PLC to control the operation of the motor-operated isolation valves. Flow calculations are done by using seven Flow-X flow computers.

The Reliance SCADA system communicates with the PLC and the flow computers via a redundant Modbus Ethernet link. One of the advantages of Reliance in this project is that it has built-in drivers for both the PLC and the flow computers.

The Reliance SCADA system provides the following functionality:

  • Modification of operational parameters and settings, such as alarm and deviation limits, transmitter overrides
  • Graphical-oriented operator screens displaying important metering data–related information from the flow computers, flow meters, transmitters, and valves
  • Data transparency towards the operators
  • Operating feedback from the motor-operated isolation valves
  • Generating custody transfer reports and other reports (hourly, daily, monthly, and prover reports); they are stored on the hard disk and can be printed automatically
  • Archiving of reports, alarms/events, and trends
  • Secure environment by protecting the system from unauthorized access
  • Alarm management; alarms are derived from primary input signals as well as from calculated figures, they can be printed on the alarm printer, and are stored on the hard disk; in addition, alarm messages as well as their acknowledgements are reported
  • Real-time and historical trending for all major signals in the system
  • Monitoring of all important signals with high and low limits; generating an alarm if any of the signals is out of the normal range
  • Human–machine interface with which the operator can monitor, for example, all live values, calculated values, alarm/event messages, parameters, and settings in a number of graphical displays
  • Full proving control

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Delta Gas Mobin Group