The control room
A.K.A. the tripode
Your ears pop and your other senses tell you right away when you’re in a control room, because it’s blast proof. To enter,
you have to come through a pressurized air lock, a lot like in a submarine.
The image isn’t so far-fetched, because these buildings must be able to withstand an explosion and be completely self-contained in the event of an accident.
When you actually walk into the big control room, it puts you in mind of a Star Wars spaceship. Picture an enormous console with dozens of flashing screens. A ten-person crew looks up to greet us. It’s proper etiquette to shake each person’s hand, which takes a little while.
So, you may ask, just what do you control in a control room?
The team controls all the petroleum streams and all the different processes the incoming crude undergoes.
All of the pipes, valves and operations are monitored and regulated, as are the volume, temperature and
pressure of products and gases.
As you can see, the maze of pipes out-side is completely under control, with three eighthour shifts ensuring 24-hour vigilance. The Machine is no laughing matter. When you’re inside, it’s absolutely fascinating.