Honeywell, Emerson win modernization, automation contracts

Honeywell and Emerson Process Management have each won multi-million dollar contracts for modernization and automation projects.


Honeywell and Emerson Process Management have each won multi-million dollar contracts for modernization and automation projects.

Honeywell’s $5.3 million agreement with Shell Martinez Refinery involves the modernization of Shell’s Flexicoker unit. Honeywell will install a process control system and provide engineering and construction services that will enable the refinery to upgrade existing controls and maintain plant operations.

The automation system includes robust and secure distributed control capabilities that maximize operational efficiency. The open technology offers such applications as multivariable control, batch control, plant-wide history and information management in a unified system. Operators have real-time access to data they need to make business decisions quickly and easily.

Emerson Process Management has earned a $27 million contract to serve as general automation contractor for a $2.6 billion oil sands extraction project in Canada. The Long Lake Oil Sands Extraction Project, 200 miles north of Edmonton, Alberta, is a joint venture of two Canadian companies, OPTI Canada, Inc. and Nexen Inc. The project is the first in the oil and gas industry to combine a Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) oil sands extraction facility with a field upgrader. The extraction facility recovers and dilutes bitumen; the upgrader processes the bitumen into synthetic crude. The operation will produce approximately 60,000 barrels a day of synthetic crude within three years.

Use of Emerson’s PlantWeb digital architecture to deliver process automation and asset optimization was a key factor in reducing the total project automation budget to $91 million from the original $152 million estimate based on traditional technology. Emerson’s smart safety instrumented system (SIS) will enable the project to use digital intelligence to maximize plant and personnel safety.

For more on the Long Lake Project, click here .

To learn more about PlantWeb, click here .

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering,

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