Marathon Pipe Line (MPL) safely controls the movement and delivery of an average of 130 million gallons of petroleum products daily. MPL operates pipeline systems that move crude oil from production fields, other pipeline companies and river barges to MPC refineries, other refineries and other pipeline systems. MPL also operates pipeline systems that move refined products from refineries to product terminals. High-speed computers, constantly evolving technology and satellite communications enable the company to monitor and control its many pipeline systems throughout the U.S. from a single control center in Findlay, Ohio.
MPL devotes significant resources to making sure it meets or exceeds regulatory requirements. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requires compliance with its Control Room Management Regulation, fully implemented in August 2012. MPL developed several plans, processes and procedures to satisfy the Control Room Management requirements, which include defining control room roles and responsibilities, providing adequate information for control and monitoring pipeline systems, fatigue mitigation, change management, lessons learned, training, and alarm management.
Operations Center (OC) Analysts receive six months of comprehensive training and testing before they can operate pipeline systems independently. After completing all the training requirements, OC Analysts utilize a sophisticated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) operating system to control and monitor MPL’s pipeline systems across the United States. OC Analysts also utilize a Computation Pipeline Monitoring detection system to monitor system integrity.