PDVSA reactivated control of crude oil movements in the West

Monday, August 6, 2018

This press release from PDVSA was published using an automatic translation system.

In order to maintain absolute control of the movements of crude oil between the yards of tankers and Western shipping terminals, the Operational Coordination Management of Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA) reactivated its remote control in the Automated Operations Center ( COA) of La Salina.

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This strategic action will strengthen production in the West, through the control of inventories, balances and spaces in a permanent information management room on operational processes of receipt, storage, inspection and pumping of crude oil mainly to the Refining Center Paraguaná (CRP).

The Manager of Operational Coordination, Carlos Ramos, pointed out that this work station allows to obtain an overview of all the tankyards of the West and with it observe the variables of level, flow, pressure and temperature; important data to make timely decisions before the volumetric and quality commitments acquired with the production units and the refining centers.

In this way, a real and instantaneous balance of oil movements will be maintained between tanks and terminals, interconnected by more than 1,400 kilometers of oil pipelines.

The brain of the COA

The Operational Coordination Control Center in La Salina works as a conductor who guarantees the harmony of the different instruments of operations of the industry in the region.

The West feeds 60% of the crude supplied to the CRP, especially the Amuay Refinery, from where lubricants, gasoline and diesel are distributed to the domestic market. From the COA room, all oil movement operations are managed and reliably and securely linked to the Falcón state, said the leader in Western Crude Programming, Ulises Latán.

He informed that "he is in charge of managing the production of the West by lines 1, 2 and 3 towards the CRP and the export via ships from the Puerto Miranda and Bajo Grande embarkation terminals".

With this philosophy replenished, delays are avoided in the delivery of shipments, pumping of ships and in the preparation of tanks, making increasingly efficient processes for the final delivery of crude oil for pumping, refining, export or mixing.

Technological accompaniment

This update of work methodology from Operational Coordination in COA La Salina has been possible thanks to the technological accompaniment of the Management of AIT.

José Silva, member of the management team of this management in the Eastern Shore of the Lake, in the Infrastructure area and in charge of the reactivation of the control center at the systems level, explained that in the work station the Acquisition System was installed of Data (Scada) Guardian of the Dawn, developed by PDVSA, that allows to monitor processes of remote way and to interact with them from a point, through communications and instrumentation systems.

"These systems obey the need to control in a distant manner, allowing to reduce transfer costs, give an immediate response and make the most accurate decisions, in less time," Silva said.

The activation of the Operational Coordination in the COA La Salina, with the accompaniment of AIT, translates into operational flexibility and the greatest added value to all the processes in the West, achieving an increasingly efficient management.

The initiative is part of the recovery plan for the facilities carried out by the oil industry, within the framework of the Socialist Strategic Plan (PES) of PDVSA 2016-2026.