Explorer Pipeline is centrally controlled from a modern operations center using state of the art computer systems. Staffed 24hrs a day, pipeline controllers remotely operate the pumps and valves that direct the flow through the pipeline and use sophisticated software to ensure its safe operation. Computer systems constantly monitor the pipeline by collecting over 6,000 pieces of information every few seconds.
Since the pipeline crosses diverse areas that include both remote rural locations and busy metropolitan areas, reliable communications technologies are utilized. High-speed data lines and satellite communications are used to carry the information back to the operations control center. The data is processed by a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) computer system, which displays the information about pipeline flow, pressures, valve positions and pump conditions to the controllers. Advanced hydraulic modeling software also uses this information to run complex formulas and calculate conditions for every mile along the pipeline, as well as the movement of batch shipments inside it.
Transaction records about the receipt and delivery of every shipment are electronically collected and automatically posted to the Transport4 web site, where customers can access details about their shipment through the pipeline. Over 200,000 HP of pumping capacity can be controlled to quietly and steadily move the fuel through the underground pipe to its destination. A pre-planned schedule of activities is used to maintain a safe and efficient operation and preserve the quality of the fuel being transported.