SOURCE: Invensys Process Systems

April 16, 2008 14:30 ET

Invensys Process Systems Mexico Opens Gas Operating Center in Burgos Basin, Northern Gulf

PLANO, TX--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - Invensys Process Systems has inaugurated a Gas Production Operations Center at Reynosa City, Tamaulipas State, northeast of Mexico. The facility is part of an Invensys initiative to consolidate a Center of Excellence for Upstream Oil & Gas in Mexico to help its customer Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) improve asset utilization and availability in its facilities there. Earlier this year Invensys announced the opening of a similar facility to support PEMEX operations in the Marine, southeastern region of the Gulf.

The new center has all the resources necessary for Invensys to support PEMEX in the Burgos basin. The resources include technical services and training courses for operational assistance, systems and applications updates, expansions, logistics, and emergency stock for maintaining the largest SCADA system installed by Invensys in Latin America, monitoring 421 gas wells, 1 gas separation plant, 55 gathering stations, 10,643 Km of pipelines in 62 networks, 19 compressor stations, 10 tank farms with 162 storage tanks, and 12 gas selling terminals.

The short-term objective of this strategy is to provide uptime performance services and information availability to the Burgos SCADA system under a multi-year contract recently awarded for preventive and corrective maintenance and evolution of the existing infrastructure over time, including pipeline efficiency calculations; forecasting, gas nomination and billing; compressor station performance; gas quality tracking and control; leak detection and location; electronic flow measurement; gas chromatography; remote terminal units and field instrumentation.

The Center will also help sustain gas field expansion by applying scalable and effective low-cost solutions for well monitoring, hardware relocation and additional control to the Burgos asset.

In the medium term, in cooperation with PEMEX, Invensys will provide performance services to improve asset utilization and availability. These services include cyber security, alarm management and enterprise asset management, among others. Invensys will also provide comprehensive solutions for gas field optimization.

Technology and know-how allow integration of real-time data from well, inlet manifold and manifold stations for accurate measurement across the whole network using rigorous steady-state multi-phase network modeling. In combination with automatic and rigorous performance modeling, reconciliation of mass balance within the processing facilities and the export pipeline is feasible. PEMEX will benefit by optimizing processes and machinery for maximum efficiency and minimum loss, facilitating energy efficiency and thus reducing overall operating cost.

In the long term, the center will provide technology and services to achieve an intelligent gas field. Invensys developed advanced applications for production allocation; monitoring and optimization; back pressure, debottlenecking and line restriction studies; production shut-in mitigation during field upset and other unplanned events; real-time performance indicators; incipient deviation; managing negative variances; nominations performance predictions; constraints identification/notification; and predictive capability.

About PEMEX

Founded in 1938, Mexico's national oil company PEMEX is one of the world's largest producers of crude oil and Mexico's largest company. An integrated enterprise, with operations throughout Mexico, PEMEX activities include oil and gas exploration, production, refining and petrochemicals, as well as wholesale and retail distribution. The company is in the midst of a modernization and expansion program for exploration and production, throughout the company's businesses, focusing on a strategy of customer service, quality, efficiency, safety and environmental awareness.

About Invensys Process Systems

Invensys Process Systems (www.ips.invensys.com), headquartered in Plano, Texas, is the world leader in industrial asset performance management, a strategy designed to help today's industrial enterprises to effectively balance the availability and utilization of their production assets to match changing business requirements. Invensys Process Systems encompasses industry-leading brands such us Foxboro®, which this year celebrates 100 years of innovation; InFusion®; Triconex®; SimSci-Esscor®; Avantis®; and Validation Technologies™, and provides advanced products, services, and solutions to industrial facilities around the world. These include many of the world's largest upstream operations, refineries, chemical plants, pharmaceutical and biotechnology plants, gas plants, LNG plants, power plants, mineral processing plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys Group (www.invensys.com) is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISYS.L), with approximately 25,000 employees working in 60 countries.

Invensys, InFusion, Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Avantis, I/A Series and Validation Technologies are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries, or affiliates. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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