From its Energy Services offices located in the heart of the Appalachian Basin and in the Northeast, EARTHRES provides end-to-end solutions for its midstream segment clients. The midstream segment, extending from receipt point interconnects with production, gathering or transmission transportation pipelines to delivery points into Distribution systems and other end-use customers, is an industry backbone segment comprised of both regulated and unregulated operating companies. EARTHRES’ team of engineers, designers, regulatory and permitting staff, and others stand ready to assist or lead your projects focused on new pipeline and plant development, existing pipeline and plant expansion, operations optimization, and pipeline and plant abandonment.
EARTHRES is midstream. For our regulated clients subject to jurisdiction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Department of Transportation – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (US DOT – PHMSA), and various State Public Utility Commissions, EARTHRES provides solutions that conform to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 190 through 199 and the client’s standards, policies, and procedures. For our unregulated clients, EARTHRES provides solutions utilizing the client’s standards, policies, and procedures augmented with EARTHRES’ industry-accepted standards, policies, and procedures. We provide pipeline facility designs to meet FERC 7(c), 2.55(a), 2.55(b), and Blanket Authorization projects. And, we provide facility designs subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations. In addition to facility engineering and design, EARTHRES assists clients with consulting on a project’s front-end commercial development and evaluation, preparation of Applications and supporting documents for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, construction contractor bidding and selection, commissioning and start-up of new facilities, and post-construction testing and reporting.
EARTHRES’ staff of civil, mechanical, structural, chemical, petroleum, and electrical engineers bring industry operating experience to your midstream project. We understand the business aspects of the midstream space and use our experience working across many midstream operating companies to develop the very best solution for your needs. The midstream segment is diverse in terms of equipment and material – from steel pipeline that requires relatively little post-construction operation and maintenance to relatively complex natural gas-fueled turbine-driven centrifugal compressor units, to cryogenic plants that produce Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) and provide fractionation into purity products. Each of these facilities requires detailed planning, permitting, engineering, and design to ensure on-spec operation and long life. EARTHRES has the experience and capacity to deliver these facility designs.
What kinds of midstream facilities can EARTHRES engineer and design? Virtually any of them. While we don’t engineer specific equipment or processes (e.g., compression equipment or demethanizer columns), we do engineer and design all types of vendor-supplied equipment and processes into buildable, operable, and maintainable midstream facilities. These facilities include any of the following:
Whether your pipeline is a 42-inch diameter steel pipe transporting natural gas across the country, a 4-inch diameter stainless steel pipe carrying liquid Propane within a gas processing facility, or a 24-inch diameter pipeline transporting mixed liquids, EARTHRES can support all aspects of your project. From pipeline system network modeling to Alignment Sheet development to hydrostatic testing and commissioning, EARTHRES will deliver engineering and design services specific to your needs. These services may include:
When gas moves from the upstream segment into the midstream segment the gas must usually be cleaned, conditioned, and processed prior to entering the Transmission pipeline system. From process modeling to IFB and IFC Drawing Package development to hydrostatic testing and commissioning, EARTHRES will deliver engineering and design services specific to your needs. These services may include:
With few exceptions, Gathering, Storage, and Transmission pipelines need compression and pumping to keep the gas and liquids flowing. Compression and pumping stations can be relatively complex facilities requiring a high level of engineering and design expertise. EARTHRES has that expertise. Whether your requirement is a single 500-horsepower (HP) unit on a Gathering pipeline or a 40,000 HP multi-unit station on a Transmission pipeline, EARTHRES can support all aspects of your project. From compressor or pumping unit modeling to station modeling, hydrostatic testing and commissioning, EARTHRES will deliver engineering and design services specific to your needs. These services may include:
Measurement, regulation, and flow control equipment is needed at various points along pipeline systems, most notably where changes in custody or ownership of the transported commodity occur. Measurement and regulation (M&R) stations can be moderately complex facilities. Whether your requirement is a single 2-inch orifice meter for measurement of fuel gas or a 1.0 BCF/D ultrasonic meter on a Transmission pipeline, EARTHRES can support all aspects of your project. From M&R station flow modeling to hydrostatic testing and commissioning, EARTHRES will deliver engineering and design services specific to your needs. These services may include:
Should the compression, pumping, gas cleaning, gas processing, or other equipment produce exhaust or other emissions, EARTHRES has the resources to support the acquisition of permits to install and permits to operate the emissions-producing equipment. We use GRI-GLYCalcTM, PROMaxTM, and vendor-specific proprietary modeling systems as required by permit applications.
Once a midstream asset is under construction, EARTHRES can provide experienced construction inspection personnel to ensure the construction is completed in conformance with the IFC Drawing Package. Our CQA services may place one or more inspectors on-site full time at the beginning of construction, or they may be tailored to meet your company needs and requirements. Using EARTHRES to provide your CQA services ensures that a knowledgeable third-party is looking out for your interests at all times. EARTHRES CQA services are available to clients regardless of whether EARTHRES or another vendor developed the IFC Drawing Package.
Once a midstream asset is constructed, EARTHRES can provide experienced operations personnel to assist with or lead the commissioning and startup procedures. Our commissioning and startup services typically involve stationing an engineer or technician on-site full time at the beginning of commissioning but can be tailored to meet your company needs and requirements. Using EARTHRES to provide your commissioning and startup services ensures that a knowledgeable third-party is looking out for your interests at all times. EARTHRES commissioning and startup services are available to clients regardless of whether EARTHRES or another vendor developed the IFC Drawing Package.
Should you have an existing midstream facility for which you do not have adequate documentation, EARTHRES can generate an as-built drawing set. Our experts use the latest Laser Scanning equipment to produce an accurate three dimensional (3D) model of the above ground equipment, piping, structures, and other features. The 3D model can then be used to produce two dimensional (2D) plan and elevation drawings, and 3D isometric drawings. The produced drawings, either 2D, 3D, or both, can then be used to document the existing facility and serve as the backdrop for future additions, prepare safety analyses, meet permit requirements and a host of other applications.
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