Emerson to automate BP acid plant in China
Emerson will engineer and manage the automation project, using the company's PlantWeb digital architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbus technology for process control and data management.
As the main instrument vendor, Emerson will be responsible for the detailed design, including the engineering design, and implementation of the new digital architecture. From Emerson's Chemical Center of Excellence in Pudong, Shanghai, Emerson experts will plan and manage the automation portion of the project, including integrating Emerson's 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 of Excellence and the engineering supervision and project management leadership in our Singapore office," commented 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."
Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture delivers operational excellence in plants by networking smart devices throughout, enabling optimum control while continuously gathering diagnostics data that is used for Asset Optimization, including predictive maintenance. Personnel use the data to correct equipment and process issues before they can interrupt production.
PlantWeb digital architecture will use FOUNDATION fieldbus technology to form an intelligent plant network including Emerson's 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 DeltaV system will include the Advanced Control Suite, comprising DeltaV Insight, Inspect, Tune, Fuzzy, Neural, and Predict Pro.
The company's smart SIS Safety Instrumented Systems will also be installed on an independent network, with diagnostics communication to the process systems.
Within PlantWeb architecture, Emerson's Asset Optimization will center on the company's AMS Suite predictive maintenance software, including AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager, Asset Portal, Machinery Manager, Optimizer, and Performance Monitor
The contract includes engineering and configuration of approximately 3,000 device signal tags, control and safety systems, and integration of an existing control system. The open and highly integrated architecture will use OPC (OLE for Process Control) technology. On-site services include a variety of operator/user training classes, as well as commissioning and start-up assistance
BP is one of the world's largest oil, gas and petrochemical companies with operations in over 100 countries. The company also manufactures and sells photovoltaic panels for solar power generation and is actively looking at other forms of renewable energy, particularly hydrogen fuel cell technology.
The company's current market capitalization is over $200 billion and it employs around 100,000 people worldwide.
About BP China
BP has been operating in China since the early 1970s and has invested over $4.2 billion in commercial projects. Its activities in China include the production and importation of natural gas, supply of aviation fuel, import and marketing of LPG, fuels retailing, lubricants blending and sales, petrochemical manufacturing and solar electric facilities. As one of China's largest foreign investors, BP employs over 3,700 staff in China, either directly or through its joint ventures.
About BP Zhuhai
BP Zhuhai is BP's 85% equity joint venture, which manufactures Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA), a key raw material in the manufacture of polyester fiber, resin and film, and also an ingredient in such common products as clothing, beverage bottles, music tapes, and tires.
BP Zhuhai phase-I was commissioned in 2003, eventually reaching a capacity of 500,000 tpa. BP Zhuhai expansion involves the construction of a new 900,000 tpa plant. Once completed, the combined PTA production capacity at the Zhuhai site will be 1.4 million tpa, confirming Zhuhai as one of the major PTA production centers in China.
About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include PlantWeb, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Mobrey, Daniel, Bristol, DeltaV, Ovation, and AMS Suite.
Emerson, based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2006 were $20.1 billion.
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