Lessons Learned From Deploying Web-Based Optimization Across Enogex’s Gas Processing Assets

Presented with Enogex, Inc. 2007 National GPA Meeting

Andy Deck and Barry Ballard Enogex, Inc. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Mark Roop and James Jones eSimulation, Inc. Houston, Texas, U.S.A.


Enogex was the first company to deploy eSimulation’s web-based optimization system (eSimOptimizerSM). The results of their first application, applied to the Custer plant, were presented at previous GPA meetings in 2001 and 2002. Enogex followed this success with additional web-based optimization applications at their other gas processing facilities. This paper will summarize the lessons learned by Enogex in deploying web-based optimization technology. This includes the resources required to deploy and support the web-based optimization systems. The discussion will then describe how Enogex receives and measures value from the web-based optimization applications under a variety of plant configurations and economic conditions. The paper will then discuss the human factors associated with sustaining a web-based optimization initiative at the plant level. Included will be a discussion of the reasons that web-based optimization application utilization can wane over time and what steps Enogex is taking to address these issues. Specifically, the paper will introduce eSimulation’s new Value Capture Program which is being developed and refined with Enogex to address key human factor issues so that Enogex can maximize and sustain asset profitability.

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