Emerson helping modernize nine plants in Europe's largest petrochemical complex

Austin, TX—Emerson Process Management reports that it’s been selected by the giant Russian chemical company, Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH), to modernize the largest petrochemical complex in Europe.


Austin, TX— Emerson Process Management reports that it’s been selected by the giant Russian chemical company, Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH), to modernize the largest petrochemical complex in Europe. The nine-plant complex in Tatarstan, in western Russia, manufactures 60% of the nation’s styrene and resins, which are basic components in thousands of Russian products. The complex also manufacturers all of Russia’s polyether, which is used mostly for plastic auto parts. The polyether plant is a joint venture with BASF.

Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture already is installed and activated in two of the plants, which reportedly improved productivity by 12% at the styrene plant, and increased yield by 5% at the polyether plant, as well as improving their overall reliability. Yield at the polyether plant, which previously experienced quality issues that resulted in a nearly 5% rejection rate, reportedly has had no rejections or quality issues since installing PlantWeb.

Because of the age of some of the facilities and the complexity of the processes, production must be continually monitored to ensure high-quality product. Prior to the PlantWeb installations, NKNH plants were controlled by a locally designed system. 'We had to have several very experienced technologists constantly watching over the process,' says Damir Gizatullin, NKNH’s chief instrumentation engineer. 'Since the installation of PlantWeb, we have much better control. Our technologists are able to start up the plant, and walk away to perform other duties.'

PlantWeb allows NKNH to run plants with reduced supervision by delivering more complete and intelligent digital automation, using the latest technologies in field devices and easy-to-use operations and maintenance stations. The architecture continuously monitors the processes and the instruments, providing alerts and guidance when and where needed, which enables greater efficiency.

Emerson adds that it won NKNH’s long-term, preferred automation supplier project by providing a total solution, including an open and standards-based technology, quality staff, overall size and capability, and local presence. 'We’re pleased that our global organization and local Russian engineering support, combined with our innovative technology, are already assisting NKNH with significant operational improvements, and we look forward to even more in the upcoming projects,' says John Berra, Emerson Process Management’s president.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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