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Honeywell to consolidate process control systems at Japanese refinery

Project Will Streamline Operations and Improve Safety at TonenGeneral Sekiyu’s Wakayama Refinery

TOKYO, Dec. 13, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been awarded a $2.5 million contract from TonenGeneral Sekiyu to oversee the Wakayama Control House Consolidation Project – which will combine the oil refinery’s existing process control operations into one central location. Additionally, TonenGeneral Sekiyu has selected Honeywell to monitor the projects for three other subcontractors who will manage distributed control system (DCS) relocation, civil structural, electrical and instrumentation work.

Honeywell also will provide its next-generation safety instrumented system (SIS), Honeywell Safety Manager, to ensure safe start-up, operation and shutdown.

TonenGeneral Sekiyu, a Japanese affiliate of global oil and gas company ExxonMobil, produces 917,000 barrels of oil a day at sites at Kawasaki, Wakayama and Sakai. The company operates a chain of gas stations across Japan under the Esso, General and Mobil brands.

Existing plant operations at Wakayama are distributed into three control buildings, which requires a large number of operating personnel. The site will relocate both the DCS and SIS to the central house to improve communication among the operation teams and increase system reliability.

Safety Manager – a component of Honeywell’s process control and automation platform, the Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) – is the ideal safety solution for managing critical process control and safety shutdown functions. It integrates process safety data, applications, system diagnostics and critical control strategies to ensure safety measures are effective in protecting people, the plant, and the environment.

Safety Manager will relay signals from the local control houses to the central control house. At the local control houses, Safety Manager will interface with existing emergency shutdown systems, which are based on relay logics. Through fiber-optic links, the signals are relayed to Safety Manager in the central control house.

“There is very little room for error in a project like this because it will directly impact the efficiency of the Wakayama facility’s operations and, therefore, the profitability of its business,” said Desmond Teo, vice president and regional manager for Honeywell Process Solutions Asia Pacific. “This consolidation will streamline the Wakayama refinery’s operations, make its processes more efficient and help it safely maintain and increase production.”

Honeywell International is a $31 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit 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.
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