FOCUS: PIPELINES New demands for pipeline shaping scada systems

Ray S. Whaley Pipeline Consultant Houston Michael L. Wheeler PanEnergy Corp. Houston Glossary [78965 bytes] Development of functions in a supervisory control and data acquisition (scada) system is driven by requirements of the pipeline market. In the U.S. operating world following Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 636 (1992), operating a pipeline has radically changed, with pipeline companies becoming transporters of natural gas rather than buyers and sellers of gas. The business cycle has decreased from monthly to daily and is now quickly moving to "within-day." These developments necessitate changes in how the pipeline i...

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