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The Kenya Pipeline Company Limited (KPC) is wholly owned by the gov-
ernment of Kenya, operating as an agency of the Minis...
©2012SchneiderElectric.Allrightsreserved.
July 2012
The current pipeline
network has a total length
of approximately 900
k...
©2012SchneiderElectric.Allrightsreserved.
July 2012
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[Pipeline Support Solutions] Kenya Pipeline Company Case Study

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Petroleum products pipeline control system improves business performance
and safety.

“The OASyS DNA system is much better in terms of data storage and ease of maintenance, due to remote access. This has greatly reduced system down time.”
Bramwell Wanyalikha, Chief Engineer

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[Pipeline Support Solutions] Kenya Pipeline Company Case Study

  1. 1. The Kenya Pipeline Company Limited (KPC) is wholly owned by the gov- ernment of Kenya, operating as an agency of the Ministry of Energy and regulated by legislation. The current pipeline network consists of three lines: from the port of Mom- basa to Nairobi; from Nairobi to Eldoret; and from Sinendet to Kisumu. This network, with a total length of approximately 900 kilometres and a total capacity of 525,000 cubic meters, includes eight pump stations and seven storage depots. It is relied on by KPC clients such as Shell, BP (Kenya) Ltd., Caltex Oil (Kenya), Mobil, the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) and Total Kenya for reliable, efficient and cost-effective petroleum products transportation, storage and distribution from Mombasa to the country’s interior. Challenges KPC was challenged by a rapidly evolving business environment driven by changes in technology and government policy. PROJECT AT A GLANCE Project Type Remote pipeline management solution Location Kenya Applications Remote pipeline operations and optimized communication systems Equipment Installed OASyS® DNA 7.4 platform SimSuite Pipeline modules CUSTOMER BENEFITS • Theft prevention via automatic leak detection • Improved safety with emergency shutdown capability • Better revenues from increased uptime • Time and money savings from controlled system access by local managers Pipeline Support Solutions Kenya Pipeline Company Petroleum products pipeline control system improves business performance and safety Make the most of your energySM
  2. 2. ©2012SchneiderElectric.Allrightsreserved. July 2012 The current pipeline network has a total length of approximately 900 kilometers, a total capacity of 525,000 cubic meters, and includes eight pump stations and seven storage depots. “The OASyS DNA system is much better in terms of data storage and ease of maintenance, due to remote access. This has greatly reduced system down time.” Bramwell Wanyalikha, Chief Engineer KPC looked for a solution to optimise communi- cation from pipeline stations to the main control centre in Nairobi. “A big problem for KPC was frequent failure of the earlier SCADA system due to huge communica- tion outages,” emphasized Bramwell Wanyalikha, Chief Engineer (IC). Further, four new pump stations were being de- veloped between Nairobi and Mombasa. A pipe- line parallel to one of the three existing lines was to be built to link with the Kenya-Uganda Pipeline. A third mainline pump will be installed in every existing pump station to act as a standby pump when the other two existing pumps are running in parallel. KPC needed a reliable centralized control system that would remotely operate these assets. The company wanted to provide users at all levels of the corporate enterprise with real-time, relevant information – particularly data that would streamline product accountability and help detect product loss through leaks. Finally, KPC needed an advanced-technology centralized system that would simplify vendor support that was suffering from logistical road- blocks and eliminate the frequent maintenance that had caused costly operational downtime. “The traffic jams in Nairobi cause maintenance personnel responding to a system failure to waste a lot of production time getting here to fix the problem,” said Julius Alolo, Engineer I. “This lost time produced a negative impact on the part of our operations department in charge of running the pipeline. The company loses revenue when the SCADA is down and even more while we wait for maintenance personnel to attend to what sometimes is a very simple failure.” Solution KPC upgraded its legacy control system to an extensible OASyS DNA 7.4 platform. The new distributed system was enhanced with Schneider Electric’s SimSuite Pipeline (SSP) modules for Leak Detection, Profile Maps, and Batch and Pig Tracking. The resulting solution is one of the most advanced in Eastern Africa; new and expanded functions include: • A meter auto-prove function for automatic accuracy validation • Automated alerts for equipment maintenance to prevent costly equipment failures • Liquids Management System (LMS) to optimise scheduling and measurement • Polling of remote terminal units (RTUs) over fibre optic cables using IP, for real-time field data collection The Bottom Line The new system makes all operating parameters from key network points available in real time to the control centre, where all pipeline operations are coordinated and from which point station equipment can be operated remotely. At the same time, pipeline flow and content character- istics are transmitted to business processes for timely accounting. KPC is benefiting from: • Automated detection of leaks that prevents costly product theft and improves safety • Emergency shutdown capability for the entire pipeline • The ability to run station pumps in parallel to increase throughput capacity • Significantly increased system uptime and associated revenues • Controlled access to the system by local managers, 24/7, for fast response to problems – saving valuable time and expense “The OASyS DNA system is much better in terms of data storage and ease of maintenance, due to remote access. This has greatly reduced system down time,” said Wanyalikha. Remote system access also enables Pipeline Support Solutions Kenya Pipeline Company Schneider Electric USA, Inc. 10333 Southport Rd SW, Suite 200, Calgary, AB T2W3X6 Telephone: +001-403-212-2407 Fax: +001-403-259-2926 www.schneider-electric.com
  3. 3. ©2012SchneiderElectric.Allrightsreserved. July 2012 Pipeline Support Solutions Kenya Pipeline Company Schneider Electric USA, Inc. 10333 Southport Rd SW, Suite 200, Calgary, AB T2W3X6 Telephone: +001-403-212-2407 Fax: +001-403-259-2926 www.schneider-electric.com Schneider Electric support personnel to monitor the system from North America, tune the leak detec- tion tool as needed for optimum performance, and assure the full-time performance targeted by KPC – without the logistical problems associated with travel and on-site visits. Schneider Electric supports the new SCADA through a four-year maintenance agreement. “The networking features of the DNA system have made maintenance very easy, and Schneider Electric online support is quite satisfac- tory,” affirmed Alolo. “It is easy to work with and is user friendly.” KPC will realize even further returns from its invest- ment because the extensible OASyS DNA system will embrace the new Nairobi-to-Eldoret parallel line and further network expansion.

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