The SCO for NGLs module is a targeted solution to natural-gas-liquids (NGLs) midstream organizations that helps to streamline annual planning and optimize day-on-day operational scheduling throughout the trading season.

NGLs trading and marketing companies have unique challenges around storage and annual planning. The SCO for NGLs module is tailored to the operating practices of these organizations and is intended to help them keep track of their demand on an ongoing basis and react as best as possible based on the fast-moving market changes in the busy season. Optimization for NGLs midstream organizations hinges on fast reaction and systemic consideration of all possible supply chain options.

Marketing and trading planning

Marketing and Supply Planning

capSpire’s solution enables midstream organizations to model their supply-chain network over a planning season and to develop an optimization run that returns a full operational schedule for that season.

  • Create an optimization run that returns a full operational schedule for that season
  • Assess risk, understand estimated profits, and develop contingency plans
  • Enable visibility into the whole organization and help everyone get on the same page

Transport and  Scheduling Optimization

The platform optimizes scheduling and logistics across all available transportation methods. It produces daily, weekly, and monthly play-by-play operational schedules that satisfy contractual constraints and maximize profitability.

  • Evaluate all transports methods including pipeline, rail, truck, barge and vessel
  • Create suggested schedules that optimize logistics decisions across transport methods
  • Understand the impacts of shipping delays or cuts to nomination volumes
  • Optimize fleet size with increased visibility into railcar, truck, and barge requirements driven by supply and demand scenarios



Inventory Optimization and Valuation


You invest strategically in your storage assets. Whether you want to better capitalize on those assets or analyze the impact of adding new assets, the platform can help you work through your options and show you the impact on P&L so that you can make the most profitable decisions.

  • Intelligently manage inventory based on supply and demand
  • Identify optimal safety stock level
  • Easily understand inventory rundown reports
  • Evaluate new storage locations options and quickly rank new storage capacity by margin uplift

What if analysis

Simulation and What-If Analysis


capSpire’s capSpire’s Optimization Platform enables you to run scenarios through the simulation and optimization engine. The result is real-world, profit-optimized, plan for your strategic, annual, and daily operational decisions.

  • Simulate changes in market conditions (supply, demand, and prices)
  • Reproduce impacts of new assets or contract changes
  • Deliver what-if analysis for new contracts and transport options
  • Evaluate the economic impact of various scenarios using easy-to-understand dashboards


Demand Forecasting

Demand Forecasting

In the NGLs marketing business, one of the keys to a profitable season is an accurate demand forecast. SCO includes a comprehensive web-based module that allows you to collect your demand forecast from your marketers.

  • Allows your managers to approve and lock that forecast or apply adjustments
  • Audit your forecast and hold the organization accountable
  • React quickly when things are changing rapidly in the busy part of the season and gives everyone equal visibility

Integration Tools

Integration Tools

SCO includes the full list of adapters available to all capSpire products. For the SCO for NGLs module, these adapters include CTRM and logistics systems. In addition, the platform can be customized to connect to in-house systems. In the case of SCO for NGLs, that usually includes inventory systems or other scheduling systems.

  • Integrate existing data from other source systems to avoid keying in data again for the purposes of optimization
  • Augment data in an easy-to-use Excel interface that is integrated with our core model and tag data so that it can be seamlessly integrated with other sources
  • Quickly identify and correct gaps in your data using extensive validation routines
  • Easily handles growing data volumes and integration points


  • Boost profitability by 10% or more
  • Take your scheduling capabilities to the next level
  • Maximize usage of your assets utilization
  • Identify the best options with higher accuracy before making investment decisions
  • Rely on the system to uncover opportunities that would be hard to find manually
  • Improve reporting and visibility into operating costs for your supply chain
  • Enhance team collaboration
  • Increase the accuracy of scheduling data
  • Use look-back capabilities to identify opportunities for improvement and better inform future plans

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