iMEC was awarded several high-profile projects including the planning, coordination, and execution of the dry and wet commissioning for TC Energy’s compressor facilities in the country of Mexico, with three turbochargers that together exceed 135,000 horsepower. More recently, the planning, coordination and support of a liquid’s terminal facility owned and operated by Watco Group of Companies consisting of unit train loading of gas and diesel products with a common header to 35 loading spots. iMEC’s one team approach consisting of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and measurement support has proven to substantially increase efficiencies.
The challenges we have faced trace back to a lack of practical experience specific to the industry. Sometime this is within the design team, but most often it is with the construction contractors and inspection staff. Poor wiring practices are probably the most common, especially in areas where electricians are not familiar with industrial and control equipment. Similar problems show up when installers use common plumbing practices with high pressure equipment.