Agile Networks’ Last-Mile Agility Streamlines Rural Connectivity in Multi-Local Oil and Gas Project.
In September of 2012, M3 Midstream LLC (“Momentum”) approached Agile Networks with multiple IT problems. Momentum needed a high-speed, reliable and efficient infrastructure that would connect cryogenic processing plants, gas refineries and corporate offices. Agile Networks met with Momentum to assess the issues and begin a plan that would be able to provide Momentum with the speed and reliability required for the plants’ proper operation. Momentum’s plant locations of Leesville, Scio, Kensington, and Salineville in Ohio proved too rural to affordably run traditional methods of connectivity (fiber) to those plants under construction. Having a strong IT infrastructure was essential to Momentum’s business. The company relies on technology to track pumps, pipelines, storage containers and more. An interruption in this technology could cost Momentum thousands of dollars per minute. Moreover, Momentum needs to communicate among plants and with its home office in Durango, Colorado. The company tasked Agile with creating a solution to support these vital systems.
In January 2013, Agile Networks presented a unique solution to fulfill Momentum’s IT void. By the end of May 2013, Agile had provided connectivity to all of Momentum’s active facilities. Once connectivity was successfully established, IT Director Lance Kirk of Momentum’s partner, Securro, presented a new set of challenges to Agile. Momentum’s operations required a robust telephony system, and traditional providers were unable to fulfill their needs. In March 2013, Agile presented a plan to Momentum that brought solutions to the issues at hand. As of the end of April, Agile remedied the phone systems with a PRI (Primary Rate Interface) in both Scio and Kensington. In mid-2013, Momentum tasked Agile with the challenge of providing access controls, security, and surveillance at their facilities. Agile went to work installing a high-grade, high quality access system. To address Momentum’s security and surveillance requirements, Agile implemented a state-of-the-art security program. Agile’s solutions for Momentum provide a perfect example of Agile’s ability to engineer a project to best fit a company’s environment. In Momentum’s case, Agile’s delivery did not stop with connectivity. Once connected, Momentum saw the opportunities Agile could provide to transform the organization into the one it was meant to be.
Momentum and its partner companies are currently constructing the Utica East Ohio division of the company. The well-constructed IT infrastructure from Agile Networks enables Momentum to efficiently carry out their day-to-day operation. Agile’s work streamlined Momentum’s cryogenic processing, rich gas gathering, fractionation, NGL storage, rail loading, and multiple gas and NGL delivery processes to the point of maximum efficiency. With the ability to easily relay information about pumps, storage containers, and logistical information, Agile’s contribution of efficient connectivity was paramount in making the operation a success. Moreover, Agile’s connectivity work for the plants allowed multiple on-site contractors access to the new data infrastructure as well. This increased their productivity and maximized the effectiveness of their time spent on site.