j5 Applications are used across the operations, process safety, compliance and reporting teams of our midstream oil and gas clients to improve communication and data collection across all levels of a pipeline operation. In the past a mix of paper, spreadsheets, scattered databases and poor verbal communication have been used to log events within the midstream oil and gas industry. Poor communication and event recording was a contributor in the Peace River Mainline Pipeline Explosion (2009). Inadequate and ineffective inspections allowed corrosion to develop over time and when the pipeline collapsed about 1.45 million cubic metres of natural gas – equivalent to the volume of 580 Olympic-sized pools – escaped before the gas flow was shut-down. An inspection rounds system would have formally recorded the corrosion problem and assigned tasks and standard operating procedures to take corrective action.
Regulatory authorities – such as the National Energy Board in Canada – require that KPIs relating to the performance of midstream oil and gas assets are recorded and reported. j5 Applications enable the various operations personnel within an pipelines company to manage all of these compliance duties efficiently and consistently. In this way, it helps ensure compliance with internal policies and the requirements of the relevant local and national regulatory authorities. Poor work permit compliance led to the San Francisco Natural Gas Pipeline Puncture (1981). The principle contractor did not fully comply with the terms of the excavation permit, which led to the puncture.
It is also important to interface midstream oil and gas IT systems together to provide a central recording and reporting operations management system which can be accessed from the control room and field operators to the terminal managers to the operations managers. j5 Applications read and write data to popular pipeline management systems such as Wonderware Historian and the OSIsoft PI System®, maintenance systems such as IBM Maximo, asset management systems such as SAP, laboratory information (LIMS) and so on. This ensures that all the relevant data recorded at a midstream oil and gas asset can be shared with the correct people in real-time. Corporate senior management can also use j5 Dashboards, Reports and Views to analyse the performance of their fleet of pipelines. They can compare and contrast pipeline performance to optimize costs and efficiency.