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Saltwater Disposal Facility
 Orla, Texas

Ross Engineering completed the design for a 100kBBLW/D (expandable to 120kBBLW/D) saltwater disposal facility in Culberson County, Texas.  Due to the nature of the project, time was of the essence for this private equity-backed client.  To meet their strict timeframe, our engineering team delivered the complete design and equipment recommendations for the project, which included eight multi-stage centrifugal pumps powered by 1,000 HP, 4160V medium voltage motors with variable frequency drives.  All electrical equipment was designed and specified by Ross Engineering and housed in two modular motor control center (MCC) buildings.

Ross Group Industrial constructed the new saltwater disposal facility on a greenfield site with six fiberglass tank batteries inside a containment area and a high-pressure pump system for injection. The tanks collect fluids as the PLC runs the pumps to maintain a minimum level in the tanks. The tank battery has redundant pumps to prevent downtime, with the option to add saltwater from tanker trucks if other wells are under maintenance.

By using custom-designed, shop-built MCCs and shipping them directly to the project site for electrical hook-up, our team met the aggressive project delivery schedule. In fact, startup of the saltwater disposal facility occurred just four months after design for the project began. This was in part due to the hybrid contract our team executed with the client, which used incentives to help save the customer time and money.

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