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PDVSA

ENGINEERING DESIGN MANUAL


VOLUME 9II ENGINEERING GUIDELINE

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90620.1.112

LEVEL MEASUREMENT GUIDELINES

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Alexis Arvalo

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Enrique Carmona

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INTRODUCTION 1.1 Purpose (Modify)


These guidelines cover recommendations for the selection, application installation of level instrumentation. and

Since PDVSA has decided to adopt the PIP (Process Industry Practices) document PIP PCELI001 Level Measurement Guidelines as an integral part of the Engineering Design Manual (MID), the requirements in this document are additions or modifications to the PIP PCELI001 and the section/paragraph numbers and the associated headings used in this document correspond to the ones used in PIP PCELI001.

1.2

Scope (Add)
Tank gauging for custody transfer applications are not covered by these guidelines. Refer to API MPMS recommendations and local government regulations for these applications.

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2.0

REFERENCES
Petrleos de Venezuela Standards (PDVSA) (Add)
PDVSA K300 PDVSA K303 PDVSA K369 PDVSA SIS01 PDVSA SOS02 Introduction to PDVSA Instrumentation Level Instrumentation Instrumentation QA/QC Gerencia de la Seguridad de los Procesos (GSP) Lineamientos Corporativos Guas de Seguridad para Trabajo con Radiaciones Ionizantes

2.3

Industry Codes and Standards (Add)


S American Petroleum Institute (API) API RP 551 Section 3 Level S American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) ASME Boiler Pressure and Vessel Code Section I, Part PG60 Requirements for Miscellaneous Pipes, Valves and Fittings S ISA, The International Society for Measurement and Control (ISA) ISA S20 Specification Forms for Processing Measurement and Control Instruments, Primary Elements, and Control Valves

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ISA S20.20 Differential Pressure Instruments ISA S20.26 Level Instruments, Displacer or Float ISA S20.27 Level Instruments, Capacitance Type ISA S20.28 Level Instruments, Gage Glasses and Cocks

HEAD MEASUREMENT
Figure 1. (Modify) First sentence should read When the fluid level is at or below . . .

5.1

General (Addition to last paragraph)


Isolation of level legs and displacement chambers should also be considered for hot or cold liquid applications.

5.2
5.2.1

Differential Pressure Instruments


General (Addition) Add the following to the list of ways to maintain a constant head in the reference leg: S Be provided with a condensate collecting boot located below the self draining transmitter connections. The boot may be manually or automatically drained.

5.2.2

Mounting Recommendations (Addition) For level bubblers, flow regulation of purge gas may also be achieved by using restriction orifices in conjunction with pressure regulators. If purge gas supply is sufficiently constant, pressure regulators may be obviated.

5.4
5.4.2

Level Gauges
Magnetic Gauges (Addition) Magnetic level gauges should not be used for viscous fluids.

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HEIGHT MEASUREMENTS
NonContacting Instruments
General (Modify 4th paragraph to read) Correct mounting of the probe is important. Internal obstructions in the vessel or reflections from the vessel walls may cause erroneous readings. 6.3.1

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6.4
6.4.1

Nuclear Instruments
General (Addition) h. Very hot services

APPLICATION TABLE (ADDITION)


Radar (noncontact) instruments are also available in high accuracy versions.