Low-maintenance control systems improve NGL recovery at Texas gas plant

Advanced regulatory control strategies at El Paso Field Services Co.'s Thompsonville, Tex., gas plant have optimized plant performance for the past 9 years with little or no required maintenance, according to John R. Phillips of El Paso Field Services Co., San Antonio, and Barry D. Payne of Barry D. Payne & Associates Inc., Stafford, Tex.In a presentation to the Gas Processors Association 82nd Annual Convention, Mar. 9-12, 2003, San Antonio, Payne and Phillips outlined the implemented strategies that reduced operator intervention and improved control and process economics.They said that the strategies were implemented in the plant's distributed control system (DCS) and required no...

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