eSimOptimizer fine-tunes Enbridge’s gas processes

Simulation technology increases profitability at Texas processing plants.

US Pipeline operator Enbridge Energy Partners has rolled out gas processing simulation technology from eSimulation Inc. at its Avinger and Longview, Texas gas processing facilities. eSimOptimizer, part of the eSimulation suite of predictive, model-based solutions will be used for real-time process optimization and to maximize profitability. eSimOptimizer (eSO) calculates optimal process targets for a plant based on operational conditions, equipment capability, commodity pricing and contracts. Targets are then posted to a secure area on the eSimulation website for use by the plant operations staff. A ‘value capture program’ provides weekly reporting and a forum for operators, engineers and managers.

Enbridge’s Charles Raiborn said, ‘Local management at our Henderson, Texas facility already use the recommendations from eSimOptimizer to manage plant profitability. The eSimulation team have structured their solutions to match our requirements and are eager to incorporate our ideas into their solutions.’

eSimulation president Mark Roop added, ‘Enbridge has made novel use of eSO and is our first client to display optimal plant targets along side key process variables on the operations console. This integrated approach provides optimal targets to the operators in a timely fashion and in a single console window.’

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