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Honeywell to upgrade controls at Sasol Power Plant in Germany

January 19, 2011 - Honeywell has been awarded a contract by Sasol Solvents Germany GmbH to upgrade the Distributed Control System (DCS) and Programmable Logic Control (PLC) systems at Sasol’s gas-fired power plant in Moers, Germany. The upgrades, which include the installation of Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and Safety Manager, are part of a nine month project that will see Honeywell’s process solutions become standardized throughout the site, significantly boosting energy efficiency and reducing ongoing maintenance costs. Honeywell will also provide engineering support and manage the installation and start up procedures.

Situated near Germany’s industrial region of Ruhr, Sasol’s Moers power plant generates steam for the adjoining solvents manufacturing plant. Sasol selected Honeywell because of the positive experience and seamless integration provided with an Experion PKS installed at its solvents manufacturing facility. The new operating environment will run off a universal network and interface, greatly improving management by allowing operators to access the same system from anywhere on the Moers site.

“A large proportion of the Moers site is already controlled by Honeywell technology, so when the time came to upgrade the remaining systems, Honeywell was the natural choice,” said Dr. Christian Kramer, Management Technical Service Electro, Instrumentation and Process Control, Sasol Solvents. “With the new system in place, we will be able to streamline production and greatly improve the site’s energy efficiency.”

“As Sasol continues to grow its solvents business in Northern Europe its IT and production capabilities must also expand,” said Elgonda La Grange, regional general manager, Honeywell. “Putting Honeywell’s Experion PKS platform and Safety Manager into action at the Moers power plant will reduce maintenance spending and help further improve day-to-day operations across the whole site by unifying all the systems.”

Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 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, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. 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.
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