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Shipping containers offer the oil and gas industry a superior solution for modular control rooms and sheltering the remote terminal units (RTUs). Skid-mounted instrument buildings can easily cost over $20,000, but minimalist shelters without walls just don’t offer enough protection against weather. Modified shipping container RTU enclosures cost thousands of dollars less than skid-mounted buildings, deploy in weeks instead of months, and lower maintenance expenses—all while offering superior protection.
Energy Transfer, the operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline (ETCOP), currently uses 317 10-foot shipping container equipment enclosures from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast. Each remotely placed enclosure houses sensitive pipeline monitoring equipment accessed only once per month.
Energy Transfer had previously used steel skid-mounted instrument buildings to protect their remote terminal units (RTUs). While skid-mounted buildings were effective, shipping container enclosures offered the same or better functionality at a lower cost with faster deployment.
Modified shipping container RTU enclosures offered benefits including:
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