Control strategies improve Louisiana NGL plant operations

A comprehensive package of advanced regulatory control and optimization strategies has been commissioned at Enterprise Products Co.'s Baton Rouge Fractionator in Port Allen, La.Relying entirely on the distributed control system (DCS) for computing and control functions, these strategies improved process stability and decreased operator workload.The variability in compositions was also significantly reduced (standard deviation or Sigma reduced by a factor of 3-6), permitting much closer operation to product specifications.Targeted set points were maximized. This allows increased plant throughput, a yield of higher-valued products, or better energy efficiency, as economics dictate. The ...

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