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ASSET has executed numerous engineering projects in the oil and gas industry, from upstream oil fields to downstream processing and refining operations. The size and scope of projects range from metering stations, oil field power distribution systems to complete new substations. ASSET’s portfolio of energy projects includes work with leading companies in the energy industry such as Enterprise Products, Occidental, Cameron LNG, CenterPoint Energy and Chevron Products.

We have a significant proven track record of successfully executed energy projects. Our team of engineers and designers is adept at providing tailored, effective and timely solutions for our oil and gas clients. ASSET’s work in the upstream segment includes projects for Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream.

For more detailed information about our Core Services and Competencies, please visit the Why ASSET? page on our site.

Select Projects

Upstream
Occidental Petroleum

Worsham (Permian Basin TX)
The Permian Basin of West Texas is one of the largest and most active oil basins in the United States. Occidental is the most significant operator in this region. The Occidental assets which include over five million acres and over 12,000 oil and gas wells, infrastructure, and the low cost of extraction in this area provide the basis for them to be competitive even during times of low oil prices.

Occidental continues to invest in their infrastructure in the Permian and in 2015 engaged our client, Dis-Tran Packaged Substations, to engineer, procure and construct (EPC) a new substation serving the Occidental Permian oil field. The new substation includes the design of an incoming 138kV ring bus with two incoming lines and two service positions. The two service positions feed 45MVA transformers that step the voltage down to the 24.9kV distribution voltage. In addition to the new substation design, the project also provides for the distribution feeders to service several new gas compressor stations and service production pumps.

ASSET’s scope of work in support of this project included all of the detailed electrical engineering and design, protection and controls design, ground grid design, fault studies, relay settings as well as the programming of the relays and station monitoring devices.

Birds of Prey (Permian Basin TX)
The Permian Basin of West Texas is one of the largest and most active oil basins in the United States. Occidental is the most significant operator in this region. The Occidental assets which include over five million acres and over 12,000 oil and gas wells, infrastructure, and the low cost of extraction in this area provide the basis for them to be competitive even during times of low oil prices.

Occidental continues to invest in their infrastructure in the Permian and in 2015 engaged our client, Dis-Tran Packaged Substations, to engineer, procure and construct (EPC) a new substation serving the Occidental Permian oil field. The new substation includes the design of an incoming 138kV ring bus with two incoming lines and two service positions. The two service positions feed 45MVA transformers that step the voltage down to the 24.9kV distribution voltage. In addition to the new substation design, the project also provides for the distribution feeders to service several new gas compressor stations and service production pumps.

The ASSET Engineering scope for this project comprised all of the electrical engineering, design, select studies.

Elk Hills (Kern County, CA)
Contact: Wes Winkler, Project Electrical Engineer
ASSET has supported field expansion projects for CRC over a number of years, with a history of at least ten substation projects that were either new construction, expansion, or upgrades. ASSET performed an evaluation of the 115 kV transmission network as a whole and developed protection settings and settings files for substations as new protective relays were installed as per the ASSET design. ASSET also provided the engineering and design for a new 230kV interconnection with the utility. The new connection included the 26R station consisting of a 230 kV ring bus, two 200/333 MVA autotransformers, and a 115 kV breaker and a half station that centrally connected our broad 115 kV transmission network serving our production fields, CO2 facility, and generation plants.

ASSET Engineering played an essential role in the design, installation, and commissioning of this new 230 kV connection from Pacific Gas & Electric. ASSET became an integral part of the CRC team, successfully collaborating on the overall physical design of the substation, inclusive of the arrangement, and transmission getaways. ASSET provided the engineering, design and specifications for the grounding grid, overhead and underground raceways, cabling, and a prepackaged control building. In addition to the physical design capabilities ASSET brought to the table, ASSET provided the protection and control engineering. This project required extensive protection and control work, incorporating a new redundant protection scheme and control system interface.

California Resources Corporation (CRC) is a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company and the largest oil and gas producer in California. The Elk Hills operations include gas processing facilities with a combined capacity of 540 million cubic feet of gas per day and the Elk Hills Power Plant, a 550-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined-cycle plant that supplies electricity and steam to the Elk Hills Field. Excess power is sent to the California electric grid.


Midstream
oil and gas engineeringEnterprise Products
ASSET Engineering was responsible for the Electrical and Relay Engineering scope of the project. This work included developing all electrical drawings, performing all electrical studies (short circuit, protective device coordination, and arc flash), determining relay settings, designing substation relay panels, and performing design reviews of OEM supplied electrical equipment.

Downstream
Iris Project
Design 161kV electrical service for a new chlorine gas production plant for Occidental Chemical Corporation in New Johnsonville, TN. ASSET’s design responsibilities included; a protective relay panel design, power and control cable selection and routing designs, and control and monitoring communication system design.

Cameron LNG (Hackberry LA)
The Cameron LNG project is a $10 billion natural gas liquefaction facility expansion that will provide for the ability to import and regasify product for distribution domestically, export domestically sourced product, or re-export foreign-sourced LNG to other countries.

The expansion at the existing terminal drove the need for an additional utility substation and a new site based switchyard to service the terminal. A joint venture between Chicago Bridge and Iron and Chiyoda International Corporation (CCJV) was successful in capturing the engineer, procure, construct (EPC) contract for the overall terminal expansion which included the new switchyard. CCJV chose to outsource the switchyard work in a separate EPC contract which was awarded to our client, Aubrey Silvey Enterprises of Carrolton GA.

The switchyard design includes the addition of six 230 kV circuit breakers from a new utility substation featuring three breaker and a half points of delivery to serve six new breakers. Each of the new breakers serves a new 84 MVA transformer feeding new 34.5 kV switchgear. Design priorities included interfacing connections and coordinating protection with the utility and the switchgear.

ASSET’s scope of work in support of this project included all of the detailed electrical engineering and design, protection and controls design, ground grid design, fault studies, relay settings as well as the programming of the relays and station monitoring devices.