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Frontier El Dorado

Project Challenges
  • The Frontier El Dorado Refining Company knew the total amount of material going into its Flare Gas Recovery Unit (FGRU), but did not know where it was coming from.
  • Each event required an individual investigation of every unit, consuming time and decreasing efficiency.

  • Given that this project spanned the entire plant and involved monitoring pressures in remote locations, Frontier El Dorado chose ISA100 Wireless to do the job.
  • 10 ISA100 Wireless multinodes were implemented throughout the one square mile refinery at each FGRU’s tie-in to the main flare header.
  • The ISA100 Wireless solution provided a secure link between the multinodes and the DCS.

  • Enabled process engineers to quickly detect pressure changes that would indicate the flow of process material from a unit to the FGRU.
  • Manpower and time savings while improving decision making.
  • A wireless system seamlessly integrated into the existing DCS, making for a uneventful transition.
  • Substantial reduction in the engineering time spent locating the precise source of FGRU load.
  • Significant reduction in the amount of engineering and designer time required to issue construction packages for transmitter installations.
  • 50% reduction in the cost to install compared to traditional wired transmitters.
  • Saving on transmitter costs, due to ability to connect multiple sensors to a single transmitter and monitor them as separate process variables.
  • A scalable infrastructure that is easily expandable to areas presently without coverage.

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Aug 12 ISA100 Wireless for Safety: New Options for Gas Detection with the Polytron 6100 EC WL (August 12th, 2020)
Sep 23 ISA100 Wireless Control (September 23rd, 2020)
Oct 21 ISA100 Wireless Overview and Draeger Use Case (October 21st, 2020)
Nov 18 ISA100 Wireless Rapid Development Kit (November 18th, 2020)
Dec 16 Wireless Control with PMV/Flowserve (December 16th, 2020)