February 2021

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery

Benefits of using a master station for actuator supervision and control in metering skids

Valve automation in metering skids for the oil and gas industry is a challenging task.

Loth, S., AUMA

Valve automation in metering skids for the oil and gas industry is a challenging task. High availability and easy integration of valves and actuators are crucial for these applications. Using a master station to control all of the actuators within the metering system has proven to have multiple benefits. This is illustrated by the use of a master stationa for metering skids for a customer project. Metering skids are turnkey, fully integrated metering systems for highly precise volume measurement of crude oil, natural gas and refined products (FIG. 1). Typical applications include loading and unloading terminals for oil tankers, and measurements at the inlet and outlet of transport pipelines

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