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As the focus shifts towards new growth drivers in your industry, ASSET Engineering is here to add value to your business operations with our multiple service offerings. By looking ahead, you can expect the latest technology tools and models to support advanced power system design and simulation.

Let ASSET Engineering be your one partner in studies ranging from:

  • Power factor improvement
  • Harmonic abatement
  • Confirmation of equipment short circuit ratings
  • Short circuit ratings and device overcurrent protection after system changes
  • Arc Flash Studies
  • Motor starting studies for new motors or systems

With an exemplary record of on-time project support and completion, we will troubleshoot your power system problems and develop remedial action plans.

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

Select Projects

Chemical Projects

chemicalprojects161kV GIS Substation Project
Design 161kV electrical service for a new chlorine gas production plant in Tennessee. The project added a 161kV power feed from TVA. Included in the scope were two 4160V services consisting of specially designed transformers that would provide DC power to the plant process. The 161kV power was distributed via a gas insulted switch (GIS) with switching capability that allowed half the plant processes to be running while the other half was maintained. 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.

Petrochemical

industrial 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.


Permian Basin 138kV Ring Bus Project #1 (Permian Basin, TX)
The Permian Basin of West Texas is one of the largest and most active oil basins in the United States. The area’s assets include over five million acres, as well as over 12,000 oil and gas wells, and infrastructure. The low cost of extraction in this area provides the basis for companies to be competitive, even during times of low oil prices.

The project owner 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. 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.


Permian Basin 138kV Ring Bus Project #2 (Permian Basin, TX)
The Permian Basin of West Texas is one of the largest and most active oil basins in the United States. The area’s assets include over five million acres, as well as over 12,000 oil and gas wells, and infrastructure. The low cost of extraction in this area provides the basis for companies to be competitive, even during times of low oil prices.

The project owner 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. 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.


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.

Forest Products

Hu Hunua Biomass PlantHu Honua Biomass Plant(Hawaii)
30MW Biomass Facility
Condition assessment of the existing power distribution equipment, electrical engineering and studies to support the protection and controls for the generator and grid connection to the Hawaii Electric Light Company system.


Green Power Solutions Power Plant (Dublin, Georgia)
34MW Biomass Facility
ASSET Engineering served as Owner’s Engineer to separate the relaying in the 138kv SPFT Substation Yard into two entities (SPFT and GPS) and coordinate the new relaying interfaces between the SPFT Relaying and Georgia Transmission. Also worked with the New Turbine Control Vendor to coordinate the implementation of the new primary and backup generation protection relays.


nipponNippon Paper (Port Angeles, Washington)
20MW Cogeneration Facility
Updated the electrical system model for auxiliary and generator additions. Evaluated operating modes for the generator, load flows were calculated at different production and levels and initial voltage and power factor settings were recommended. System coordination and protective relay settings were reconfigured throughout the system for the new generation source. Arc flash hazard study was performed for all generation system additions. Developed a protection and controls design and relay settings for the 69 kV substation, and developed a test and energization plan for the entire system.


Resolute Forest Products (Augusta, Georgia)
New 13.8kV Power Distribution Line
ASSET provided the engineering and design for a new 13.8 kV distribution line routing including, development of plan, profile, pole top assembly details, guying and grounding details, material list, pole strength and buckling calculations and sizing. ASSET also provided sag-tension tables for the installation of 336 MCM ACSR phase and 1/0 ACSR shield conductors.


TR Miller (Brewton, Alabama)
Electrical Studies
ASSET performed an arc flash study and provided the labels for equipment throughout the extensive electrical system of this large mill. The sawmill, planer, kiln, pole mill, lattice, and office areas were all inspected and data was collected for the plant’s power distribution system. Single line diagrams were created in AutoCAD from the inspection and field data collected during the investigation phase in order to provide the mill needed documentation for maintenance and a basis for future mill upgrades and expansions. The short circuit levels were investigated on each bus and through each system branch; all equipment was found to be operating within its design limits. Time-current coordination work yielded a recommendation to change and add 480V breakers and transformer primary fuses to speed tripping after a fault and to minimize the equipment affected by an unplanned outage. TR Miller also requested, and ASSET performed, a study of the harmonic currents and voltages suspected for the misoperation and failure of variable frequency drives. The study found no significant harmonics issues and through further due diligence the root cause was determined to be a grounding issue.


Interfor (Formerly Price Lumber Company) (Monticello, Arizona)
Electrical Studies
ASSET performed a number of electric studies for this client. The initial phase of work required the collection of equipment data in all areas of the facility including, the sawmill, kiln, planer, office, and log yard. This data facilitated the development of an electrical system model and updates to the mill’s AutoCAD single line diagrams. With this electrical system model, a comprehensive arc flash hazard study was conducted which provided an assessment of arc flash energies and needed personal protective equipment (PPE). Another element of work at this mill involved the measurement of load and harmonic currents and voltages to aid in the failure of an existing capacitor bank which had been switched out of service. Additionally, a reactive power compensation study was performed. The end result of the harmonics engineering effort was a technical recommendation for a filtered capacitor bank and financial payback calculation.


Southern Chips (Perry, Arizona)
Arc Flash Study
ASSET Engineering provided an arc flash study for this client. ASSET personnel collected the necessary field data to perform the study and then modeled the 4160/480/240/208V systems, and determined the arc flash energies and PPE needed for each piece of operable electrical equipment. The project concluded with the ASSET engineer assisting in the application of arc flash labels and providing training to the mill electrical staff.

Pharmaceutical

Pharmavite East Coast Manufacturing Facility (Opelika, Alabama)
Electrical Studies
ASSET performed the electrical system modeling and developed the needed short circuit, protective device coordination, and arc flash hazard studies for Pharmavite’s dietary supplement manufacturing facility when it was constructed. ASSET worked with the electrical contractor to secure information and to affix the arc flash labels which ASSET produced. In the facility’s subsequent expansions, ASSET has been called upon to update the electrical system model, studies, and to provide needed additional arc flash hazard labels.


OrganiGram (New Brunswick, Canada)
OrganiGram is a pharmaceutical production, processing and packaging facility in New Brunswick, Canada. The company has experienced significant growth and as a result had to expand this existing facility. The new expansion resulted in a need for a new 30MVA substation to feed the existing and new electric load. The incumbent electrical contractor, Acadian Construction, Ltd. and their engineering program manager, SunGear Technologies, engaged ASSET Engineering for the substation FEED study and subsequent detailed engineering and design.

Before ASSET’s involvement, the project team envisioned a single 25/30/35MVA transformer to serve the facility. ASSET recognized that significant production losses would result in the event of a transformer outage, even for regularly scheduled maintenance. Additional discussion with the customer revealed that the production schedule could be adjusted so that the maximum demand was 12-15MVA for extended periods of time (days/weeks).

The customer’s facility originally consisted of a single building that underwent significant expansion. Other new and existing buildings were incorporated to create a campus facility. Understanding and meeting the customer’s immediate and long-term electrical needs in the middle of rapid expansion created a project challenge.

Another project challenge was incorporating Canadian standards into the design, such as the Canadian Electrical Code, Workplace Electrical Safety, and numerous electrical product standards. Local practices were also respected by discussing the project beforehand with local electrical inspectors and the serving utility, NB Power.

Ultimately, the substation configuration consisted of a single 138kV line from the serving utility, two 12/16/20 MVA transformers, and six (6) 12.47kV feeders arranged in a main-tie-main configuration. Five (5) 12.47kV feeders were for present day and identified future use, and one (1) feeder was spare. By balancing circuit loads and demand, this configuration allows for increased reliability and continued production in the event of a transformer outage.

Additional project tasks included developing:

• Material procurement specifications for substation major equipment and other components
• Grounding, Lighting, and Lightning Protection Studies
• Electrical System Study, including device coordination, relay settings files, and arc flash evaluation
• Physical Drawings, including General Arrangement, Grounding, and Conduit
• Electrical Drawings, including AC & DC Schematics, Wiring Diagrams, and Interconnections
• Civil/Structural Drawings, including Grading, Drainage, Foundations, and Steel Structures (via coordination with an outside consultant)
• Municipal and county building permit drawing package and support to secure permits

ASSET served as Commissioning Agent for the substation, overseeing equipment, protection and controls testing, and systems commissioning. ASSET observed testing in real time and confirmed the completeness of system check out in accordance with the Test Plan and Energization Plan it had developed.

Manufacturing

Nucor Steel Birmingham
Series Reactor Replacement
ASSET helped refine protection settings for the new Series Reactor and an existing Capacitor Bank. Overcurrent and Current Differential protection were provided for the Series Reactor, while Overvoltage and Current Un-balance protection was provided for the Capacitor Bank. Also during the upgrade, ASSET incorporated a new SCADA system through means of a Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) 3530 Real-Time Automation Controller (RTAC) and added a Human Machine Interface (HMI). The addition of an RTAC HMI allowed for operators to instantly visualize the electrical system (breaker/switch statuses, current flow, etc.) on any computer connected to the Nucor Birmingham network.


Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula MS Shipyard
ASSET Engineering was selected to design, furnish, and install a new power metering and monitoring system for the facility. Mississippi Power Company (MPC) recognized the need for such a metering and monitoring system as it endeavors to aid all of its customers to be mindful of ways to continually become more energy efficient.