"We can work with the same level of efficiency and passion on both small and large, intricate projects"
With two decades of experience in providing a wide array of instrument and electrical installation services to the oil and gas industry, Eddie Presnull knew this fact better than anyone else. In 1993, while establishing PLC Construction as a humble instrumentation and electrical systems services provider, Eddie handpicked the industry’s brightest and most experienced professionals to build a cohesive team that could pay dividends for both the company and its clients. As PLC grew over the years, it built a good rapport with other niche companies and experts in the midstream sector. One among them was Dan Eaves, who is currently donning the role of engineering manager at PLC. “I worked in liaison with Eddie, when I was in a systems integrator company. The mutual friendship we built over those years ultimately led me to be a part of PLC in 2015,” says Eaves, who holds extensive experience in the control systems design and integration of oil and gas facilities. PLC had also joined hands with Michael Schwegel, a scheduling, construction, and management expert, to grow their facilities and pipeline divisions. “Since we became an EPC in 2015, we’ve seen a hundred percent growth in the business,” says Eaves.
Championing the Modern Day EPC Market
Following the path that their leader once charted, PLC, today, is recognized as a leading a-la-carte EPC service provider in the oil and gas industry. “We have always followed the mantra of quality built on experience. This has enabled us to grow into a company that can work with the same level of efficiency and passion on both small and large, intricate projects,” says Eaves.
At its core, PLC offers services in four key areas— construction, engineering, control systems integration, and field services. Its construction services primarily entail new facility construction, such as building cryogenic gas plants from the utility service to the gas outlet, compressor stations, tank batteries, meter sites, dew point facilities, custody transfer or LACT sites, and saltwater disposal sites.
The company also assists clients with small construction projects, including wellhead piping and controls, pipelines from the well to the first treating facility, and pipeline launcher. On the other hand, PLC’s engineering services are targeted at developing distinguished engineering drawings. The company’s mechanical engineering team has the ability to design and install high-end equipment and oversee any complex project while ensuring proper safety and cost-effectiveness.
Our collaborative environment allows for open communication across multi-disciplined divisions that work together to provide complete solutions
PLC’s control system integration services help clients with control system design, project management, advanced controls, PLC/DCS configuration, HMI/ supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) development, and more. The company’s control system integration team has led more than 100 projects toward success. Lastly, PLC’s skilled commissioning group works in liaison with clients to ensure the safe and orderly handover of the facility while meeting compliance with the design purpose and demonstrating system and equipment performance.
Aligning with the Needs of an Ever-Evolving Industry
PLC has packaged all its services keeping in mind the varied challenges within the oil and gas industry. “This specific market segment is witnessing a deluge of service providers that claim themselves to be EPCs,” says Eaves. Many of these players are not originally from the oil and gas industry and lack the necessary experience or talent to tackle the complexities of different projects. Unlike them, the leadership team at PLC has successfully transitioned the company into a best-in-class, experienced one-stop shop with a reputation of successfully designing the safest and most profitable midstream and upstream projects. “We handle every aspect of a project, be it construction, engineering, or automation based on clients’ needs. That’s why we are today contacted to assist customers—new and old—in any phase of their project completion,” Eaves prides.
In one instance, PLC helped a small midstream startup that was struggling to implement automation and process control in their facility. The interaction between the automation contractor and the process control personnel revealed the requirements for several new iterations and significant monetary investments.
Shaping an Environment of Passion and Zeal
What powers PLC’s success is its ability to foster an environment that promotes a passion for meeting the challenges around extreme schedules and deadlines in the fast-paced oil and gas industry. The company works with clients from conception to completion of projects. This gives construction and commissioning teams the ability to see the full project vision and then access resources in every discipline to complete a project successfully. “Our collaborative environment allows for open communication across multi-disciplined divisions that work together to provide complete solutions,” Eaves adds.
The team members at PLC take ownership of their projects and work diligently to overcome the unique challenges that arise on any typical day in oil and gas operations. The team also guides clients through the industry trends and formulate strategies that fit their business model. This helps businesses to proceed in the right direction and make informed decisions.
PLC also invests heavily in training the team. The company has an in-house state-of-the-art automation lab to continuously expand knowledge. “We have worked tirelessly to reach the current position. Our team never hesitates to stand behind their work and focus on clients’ needs. We let the quality and performance speak for ourselves. And our responsiveness to critical demands is what truly sets us apart,” Eaves mentions. For instance, when the pandemic led the entire oil and gas industry into a bout of turmoil, PLC stood true to its objective of driving businesses to the acme of success. That’s why the company, along with its clients, weathered the trying times with flying colors.
A Never-Ending Drive for Success
PLC has recently started to spread its wings into green energy, wastewater, solar, and other avenues. The company is also looking forward to working with municipalities and local infrastructure projects soon. Not stopping there, PLC is striving to modernize and grow the capabilities of its SCADA department. This will allow the company to efficiently control industrial processes locally or at remote locations and monitor, gather, and process real-time data for helping clients in a streamlined way.
PLC has always believed in evolving with time and market by implementing cutting-edge technology and training its team members on the latest trends. And this has undoubtedly enabled the company to maintain its leadership position for years. “We empathize with clients and treat their emergencies as ours while ensuring the most competitive pricing in the industry. This is why they rely on us to handle their most complex projects,” Eaves concludes.