Foxboro’s SCADA to monitor, supervise, control three pipelines in China

Beijing, China; Foxboro, MA—China Petroleum and Chemical (SINOPEC) Corp. has awarded Shanghai-Foxboro Co. (SFCL) an approximately $500,000 turnkey contract to supply a Foxboro’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for its new dispatching center.


Beijing, China; Foxboro, MA— China Petroleum and Chemical (SINOPEC) Corp. has awarded Shanghai-Foxboro Co. (SFCL) an approximately $500,000 turnkey contract to supply a Foxboro’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for its new dispatching center, which will be located in the Xuzhou area in eastern China.

The system will monitor, supervise, and control three major, multi-product pipelines that are strategically important to SINOPEC's core operations. SINOPEC is China's largest producer of petrochemicals and petroleum products. Shanghai-Foxboro is an Invensys joint venture.

Foxboro reports that its SCADA system will interface with three existing third-party SCADA subsystems, and enable SINOPEC to gather, dispatch, transfer, and deliver its raw and finished products throughout this large, populous part of China in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner. Ultimately, the Foxboro SCADA system will be expanded to supervise all of SINOPEC’s pipelines in China.

The dispatch center’s SCADA system will include a mix of Unix and Windows technologies, as well as Foxboro SCADA applications to help increase safety, improve pipeline operations, and enhance maintenance. An embedded web server will give authorized SINOPEC staffers with secure, real-time access to real-time and historical pipeline information from anywhere via SINOPEC's corporate intranet or the Internet.

SINOPEC is one of the largest integrated energy and petrochemical companies in Asia. Its major physical assets are located in Southeast China, which has reportedly experienced the most economic growth in China recently and represents 75% of China's GDP. SINOPEC has more than 70 subsidiaries, either wholly or partially owned, in exploration and production, refining, chemicals, marketing, research, and foreign trade.

SFCL manufactures automation products at its factory in Shanghai for domestic use and export purposes. In 1991, SFCL became the first company in China to be certified under the ISO 2001 international quality standard. SFCL adds that it has implemented process control systems in hundreds of industrial facilities throughout China. These include oil refineries, petrochemical plants, electric power generation plants, steel mills, cement plants, float glass plants, pharmaceutical plants, and food processing plants.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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