Oil and Gas
Explorer Pipeline - Houston Fauna Terminal, Texas
Expansion and Capacity Upgrades of the Fauna Terminal
Argus’ engineering design added provisions for three more 325,000-barrel storage tanks and a containment dike system, a new higher capacity electrical power distribution station, a new downstream customer pipeline connection station, a new fuels testing and certification laboratory and a new terminal operations and maintenance building. API certification and compliance upgrades were completed for six existing storage tanks and modifications made to the existing containment dike system. New oil/water separator and tank bottom product polishing systems were installed. We modified the existing pipeline receiving station and added a new high-capacity piping distribution manifold for all storage tanks. Installation of a new 24-inch meter prover and inbound metering station and a new transfer valving manifold station for downstream product deliveries was also included.
This $17.5 million expansion and upgrade provides the ability to double storage capacity, expedite delivery of multiple fuels in multiple tanks according to changing demands downstream, and increase downstream distribution capability to allow shipment to four separate pipelines. To integrate Fauna as Explorer’s centerpiece regional storage terminal, Argus provided engineering design for Explorer’s upstream assets at Pasadena, Port Arthur and Houston Station, as well as downstream capabilities for the Galena Park, Longhorn, Magellan, Motiva and Wynnewood pipelines and facilities.
Colony Station, Oklahoma
Crude Oil Collection Terminal – Engineering Design
Arlington Pipeline, Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area, Texas
Engineering Design – Gasoline Pipeline
As part of its evaluation of future asset integration, Explorer Pipeline Company hired Argus to identify options for developing a gasoline pipeline between Explorer Terminals at Arlington and Grapevine, Texas. Considerations included using Explorer’s existing pipeline assets as well as potential acquisition of another company’s pipeline or construction of a new segment of pipeline to complete the link. During this project, we researched the location, capacity and integrity of all pipelines under consideration and determined the routing, construction cost and implementation for a potential new segment of pipeline. Our analysis indicated that acquiring existing pipeline segments would allow Explorer to implement immediately and at a cost advantage. Following the study, we developed the necessary documents to facilitate right-of-way approvals and pipeline interconnections.
Glenpool Terminal, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Engineering Analysis, Terminal Piping Systems
Argus was tasked with performing a piping stress analysis for distribution piping within the Explorer Pipeline Terminal at Glenpool. Due to increased product delivery, we focused our analysis on piping system hydraulics, hydraulic surge potentials and operational capacities. Using existing facility drawings, we modeled segments of the terminal piping and performed several capacity and operational scenarios. The analysis was concluded with a report and recommendations for improvements.