challenge

After the exploration, extraction and refining process of Natural Gas and Crude Oil, comes the aspect of business which is the very reason why this exercise is done in the first place - i.e. Trading. Like any other commodity Natural Gas is traded in the open market and once the deal is struck, it is up-to Shipper companies that are responsible for the logistics of this commodity to distribute the goods.

This part to do with logistics is also a part of the overall; Downstream; process in this field. The cheapest mode of transportation in the energy industry has been proven to be the gas pipeline network which is a mishmash of about 150 gas pipelines. These pipeline companies expose an interface of their systems that allows the Shipper companies to raise instructions to move Natural Gas from one point to another.

This process is also termed as Nominations;. The only problem being that a shipper company not only has to work out the best route manually but also must deal with these disjointed and disparate systems to facilitate this movement.

our solution

‘fifthnote’ team along with our partner ‘Enercross’, has been working on a solving this problem but providing a singular platform that acts as a single point of transaction for all the 150 pipelines. Using Microsoft off-the- shelf products such as Microsoft BizTalk and proprietary code, We have successfully integrated our platform with all the major pipelines in US.

The Nominations generated from our system are fully compliant with the latest version of NAESB (North American Energy Standards Board) which mandates the secure, reliable and fast raising of instructions for all these pipeline companies from our platform. Not just this, our platform, by virtue of our connectivity with these pipelines, automatically collects operational and capacity related information which helps with the routing decisions of a shipper company.

Our system is also notified, in real-time, of any maintenance activities happening on a pipeline which further ensures that the logistical operations are carried out without any unplanned disruptions. As it stands today, our platform is collecting millions of records of data which will be used in future to do predictive analytics further enhancing logistical capabilities. With such features, our platform carries the credibility of compliance and reliability that this industry is known for and can very well be synonymous to the Nomination process in years to come.

technology stack

methodology stack

  • SCRUM (Agile Methodology)
  • TDD (Test driven development)
  • Service layered architecture
  • DevOps

technology stack

  • ASP.net MVC using C#
  • Xamarin using C# (iOS/Android/Windows mobile/Mac)
  • MS SQL Server
  • HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • TFS using Git (Source control)
  • TFS for SCRUM (User stories and defects management)
  • TFS (Continuous Builds & Automated Deployments)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio

infrastructure stack

  • Microsoft Azure

impact on business

Not just this, our platform, by virtue of our connectivity with these pipelines, automatically collects operational and capacity related information which helps with the routing decisions of a shipper company.

Our system is also notified, in real-time, of any maintenance activities happening on a pipeline which further ensures that the logistical operations are carried out without any unplanned disruptions. As it stands today, our platform is collecting millions of records of data which will be used in future to do predictive analytics further enhancing logistical capabilities. With such features, our platform carries the credibility of compliance and reliability that this industry is known for and can very well be synonymous to the Nomination process in years to come.

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