Enagas, Spain's Largest Natural Gas Supplier, Selects Emerson to Automate LNG Regasification Plant | Automation.com

Enagas, Spain's Largest Natural Gas Supplier, Selects Emerson to Automate LNG Regasification Plant

Emerson's PlantWeb(R) architecture will integrate safety systems and provide predictive maintenance facility at Huelva

AUSTIN, TEXAS. (November 18, 2002) -- Enagas has chosen PlantWeb digital plant architecture from Emerson Process Management to upgrade their regasification plant at Huelva in southern Spain. PlantWeb architecture with its DeltaV(TM) digital automation system will expand automation and replace an existing DCS system.

Enagas, a former public monopoly, owns Spain's strategic pipeline and transportation network, re-gasification plants, and gas storage facilities. It controls 97 percent of the Spanish gas transportation market in terms of revenue. Approximately 50 percent of the Spanish demand for natural gas, or 6000 million Nm3 per annum, is imported by Enagas as Liquefied Natural Gas. The liquid is converted back to a gas for onward delivery through Enagas distribution lines at plants in Huelva, Barcelona and Cartagena. The supply of gas represented 92 percent of the Enagas 2001 sales volume.

The PlantWeb architecture supplied for the Huelva plant will include the DeltaV system along with AMS predictive maintenance software. The DeltaV system will have 3000 I/O as well as redundancy and Modbus links built in, plus an embedded PI Data Historian. Safety is a high priority at Enagas sites and the DeltaV system will connect to a separate supervisory safety system via open, interoperable OPC technology. The value of the order placed with Emerson is $1.1 million.

AMS software works with the intelligent field devices to provide plant personnel with the detailed information necessary to calibrate, configure and diagnose their condition. The combination of performance monitoring and predictive maintenance helps to avoid shutdowns, delivers improved reliability and increased quality.

The PlantWeb digital plant architecture will be installed in stages across the plant, using the existing field equipment wherever possible. One plant control module will be transferred to the new architecture at a time to ensure production is disrupted as little as possible. Towards the end of 2004 the systems expansion will take place, consisting of new storage tanks and increased production capacity.

About Enagas
Enagas (www.enagas.es) is the main natural gas transport company in Spain, with a market share of over 90%. Enagas owns all three of the existing regasification plants in Spain (Huelva, Barcelona and Cartagena), has over 6,200 kilometers of high-pressure gas pipelines, two underground gas storage facilities and several international links (Maghreb, Norwat via France, Portugal and LNG entry points).

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), 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, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include: PlantWeb(R); Fisher(R); Micro Motion(R); Daniel(R); Rosemount(R); DeltaV(TM); Ovation(R); and AMS.

About Emerson
Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliances and tools. Sales in fiscal 2001 were $15.5 billion.

PlantWeb, Fisher, Micro Motion, Daniel, Rosemount, DeltaV, and Ovation are marks of one of the Emerson Process Management family of companies. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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