Plains' Operational Control Center protects employees, the environment and communities across the country through its continuous monitoring of our pipeline systems.

Scheduling and moving over 1 billion barrels of liquid product per year
Operated and staffed 24 hours a day,
365 days a year
The control center monitors and operates more than 850 remote sites

Continuous Monitoring

All of Plains' pipeline systems are remotely controlled and monitored by its Operational Control Center. The Control Center is committed to ensuring public safety and protecting the environment through the diligent and safe operation of our pipeline systems, while providing our customers the safest and most efficient transportation of their liquid product. The Control Center handles and continuously monitors all of Plains’ liquid product movements within our pipelines and maintains system integrity through leak detection.

Control Center Activity

The Plains Operational Control Center is one of the largest in North America and assists with scheduling and moving over 1 billion barrels of liquid product per year. The Control Center is operated and staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and monitors and operates more than 850 remote sites via SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) utilizing primarily satellite communications.

Pipeline Controllers have the authority, the responsibility, and the obligation to shut down the pipeline systems when pipeline integrity is in doubt, but they are not allowed to restart the pipeline systems until the problem is corrected and proper authorization has been received from Operations and Control Center management. Even then, the Controller can refuse to restart if doubt remains. Some of the reasons to shut down a pipeline include when abnormal conditions exist that cannot be immediately returned to normal, when leak detection alarm sounds or a pipeline imbalance exists, or when a natural disaster or other emergency occurs within the pipeline vicinity.