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Case Study

Modernizing Electrical Pipeline Pump System for an Energy Producer

TIGA provided engineering and system integration services to upgrade an electric pipeline pump system responsible for transporting crude oil from three platforms to an onshore terminal off the US West Coast. The goal was to create a safer and more efficient system that complied with federal regulatory requirements. 

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A mid-sized oil and gas producer faced operational challenges with their existing electric pipeline pump system. The system’s components were reaching the end of life which led to inefficiencies, reduced capacity, and safety concerns. To address these issues, they enlisted the services of TIGA, renowned for its expertise in detailed engineering and programming solutions. 



TIGA conducted an in-depth assessment of the existing system, considering factors such as design, power requirements, controls, safety protocols, adherence to federal regulations, scalability, and future
adaptability. The team then designed and implemented a modern, highly efficient electric pipeline pump system capable of safely transporting crude oil from the offshore platforms to the onshore terminal.

The project included the upgrade of three key components:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs): The existing PLC system lacked advanced features and flexibility, prompting the replacement of outdated PLCs with the latest generation controllers capable of handling complex automation tasks.
  • Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs): The facility’s motor control relied on aging soft starters that lacked speed control, necessitating the installation of modern, energy-efficient, and reliable VFD units.
  • Field Instrumentation Upgrade: To enhance process monitoring and control, the project involved replacing existing field instrumentation with contemporary devices.


The successful collaboration between the client and TIGA yielded significant results including:

  • Increased Capacity: The upgraded system’s capacity of pumping 13,000 barrels per day improved the client’s crude oil transportation capabilities, accommodating potential production increases and higher demands.
  • Enhanced Efficiency and Reliability: The system’s enhanced efficiency translated to reduced energy consumption, leading to cost savings and a more sustainable operation. The modernized system experienced fewer breakdowns, reducing downtime and ensuring a more reliable crude oil transportation process.
  • More Advanced Controls: The new technologies installed provide new controls that allow better monitoring and automation features. This not only optimizes daily operations but also ensures a more proactive approach to maintenance.
  • Improved Safety and Compliance: The integration of advanced safety features ensured a safer operation, mitigating potential hazards and ensuring compliance with federal regulations.

During the project period from May 2022 to May 2023, TIGA’s services achieved an outstanding safety record with zero offshore accidents and no equipment damage.

Overall, the successful upgrade of gaining infrastructure brought significant benefits to the client’s operations and positioned them for future growth.


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