New project: BP Chemical facility expansion in China, upgrades to digital control

By Control Engineering Staff August 1, 2007

BP’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant expansion in Zhuhai, China has awarded a contract to Emerson Process Management to engineer and manage the automation project, using the company’s PlantWeb digital architecture with FOUNDATION Fieldbus technology for process control and data management. When the project is complete, plant designers expect that it will be the world’s most efficient PTA producer.

As the main instrument vendor, Emerson will be responsible for the detailed design, including the engineering and implementation of new digital architecture. Working from Emerson’s chemical center in Pudong, Shanghai, engineers will plan and manage the automation portion of the project, including integrating PlantWeb digital architecture with its advanced control, safety, and asset optimization technologies.

“We are pleased at this new opportunity to combine our technology with the solutions skill of our chemical center and the engineering supervision and project management leadership in our Singapore office,” says John Berra, president, Emerson Process Management. “We are encouraged by BP’s confidence in our ability to provide system design, configuration, staging, acceptance testing, commissioning, and start-up support. We are committed to delivering a world class digital automation system at Zhuhai.”

PlantWeb will use FOUNDATION Fieldbus technology to form an intelligent plant network including Rosemount measurement and analytical instrumentation, Micro Motion Coriolis flow and density meters, Fisher control valves with Fieldvue digital valve controllers, and the DeltaV digital automation system.

The company’s smart SIS safety instrumented systems will also be installed on an independent network, with diagnostics communication to the process systems.

The contract includes engineering and configuration of approximately 3,000 device signal tags, control and safety systems, and integration of an existing control system. On-site services include a variety of operator/user training classes, as well as commissioning and start-up assistance.

—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com , Control Engineering Weekly News