Pemex To Install Centralized Control System For Nationwide Hydrocarbon Storage System

January 2011 Vol. 238 No. 1

Pemex has signed a contract with Telvent to provide a centralized control solution for automated product handling at all Pemex oil storage terminals. In making the announcement, Telvent said its solution will optimize the accuracy of product data and support “agile business management” for the Mexican state-owned energy company. Pemex is among the world’s largest oil producers.

Pemex previously realized successful pipeline control based on Telvent’s OASyS supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. This new installation will extend its reliance on advanced technology to manage the product-receiving and storage facilities in the Mexican National Storage and Distribution Terminal Network (Red Nacional de Terminales de Almacenamiento y Reparto de México).

The new automation systems will centralize product loading, unloading and delivery operations. Advanced application software will collect product volumes and balances and make the data available in real time to Pemex enterprise applications with the intention of improving the accuracy and efficiency of the related business processes. The system also includes fire prevention support for the safety of personnel, the community and the environment.

Initially, seven terminals will be modernized with the SCADA system, with automation of 77 terminals eventually expected during this project. Yet, because the control system is scalable, Telvent said it will easily accommodate terminal network modifications and further expansion, providing Pemex a long-term control solution.

Telvent’s CEO, Ignacio Gonzalez, emphasized the significance of this new contract, “We’re very proud of our close relationship with Pemex, as its state-of-the-art technology provider and of being able to support its efficient hydrocarbon storage and distribution operations. This project will undoubtedly reinforce the quality of Petroleos Mexicanos operations.”

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