Sasol Installs Honeywell Fail Safe Controls To Protect Cold Separation Plant | Automation.com

Sasol Installs Honeywell Fail Safe Controls To Protect Cold Separation Plant

December 042003
PHOENIX, Dec. 04, 2003 - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions has announced that global oil and gas company Sasol has installed six Honeywell Fail Safe Control (FSC®) systems at the Synthetic Fuels Cold Separation Phase 1 plant in Secunda, South Africa. The new controls will help Sasol ensure safe compressor operations, avoid unnecessary shutdowns and boost productivity significantly.

The systems engineered and manufactured in-house by Honeywell in South Africa are among several critical solutions for Sasol plant expansion projects in Secunda.

The Honeywell Fail Safe Control systems control the compressors on each of five cold separation units, where cryogenic distillation separates out gaseous products into four main streams: hydrogen, methane, the C2 fraction and the C3 fraction. The streams are then forwarded to other units for further processing. Each Fail Safe Control is programmed to shut down a compressor in the event of a malfunction. The sixth and largest Fail Safe Control system, located under the main control room, incorporates the main shutdown facility for the associated reactor units.

Honeywell's Fail Safe Control system will help the Secunda plant meet its goals to reduce costs related to shutdowns and will help keep the plant profitable. The product's easy integration with the existing control solution also made it a natural choice.

"Honeywell is committed to helping customers increase productivity," said Jerry Walker, Honeywell Process Solutions' Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa. "The Fail Safe Control system offers measurable return on investment, and helps companies, like Sasol, meet critical production goals."

Honeywell's Fail Safe Control is the leading process safeguarding system used in safety-critical applications around the globe. As an integrated part of Honeywell's Experion PKS(tm) or PlantScape® systems, or in stand-alone configurations, FSC-based safeguarding solutions form a comprehensive foundation for functional safety, providing protection of people, plant facilities and the environment. The result is optimal availability of plant operation.

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sasol is an integrated oil and gas company with substantial chemical interests. The group has operations in South Africa, The United Sates, Europe and Asia.

Honeywell has dedicated extensive worldwide resources to supporting the automation needs of the oil industry. Established in South Africa in 1969, Honeywell Southern Africa is a leading supplier of high technology solutions for industrial and environmental control applications in some of the country's leading process plants, hotels and commercial buildings. Honeywell's experience and expertise in optimizing refinery and petrochemical operations help improve productivity and meet business objectives with less risk and capital.

Honeywell International is a diversified technology and manufacturing leader based in Morris Township, N.J. With 2002 revenues of $22 billion, the company serves customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; specialty chemicals; fibers; and electronic and advanced materials. The company's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. Honeywell is one of he 30 stocks that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average; it is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.

Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Process Solutions, access www.acs.honeywell.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about future business operations, financial performance and market conditions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties inherent in business forecasts as further described in our filings under the Securities Exchange Act.

Experion PKS and Process Knowledge System are trademarks of Honeywell International Inc. Honeywell Fail Safe Control FSC and PlantScape are registered trademarks of Honeywell International Inc.
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