Endress+Hauser Supplies Flow and Level Instruments to Refinery in Colombia

  • October 20, 2014
  • Endress+Hauser, Inc.
  • Case Study

October 20, 2014 - Endress+Hauser was the Main Instrument Vendor for a $3.8 billion expansion and modernization project at Refineria de Cartagena in Columbia. Endress+Hauser, named the Main Instrument Vendor (MIV) by Refineria de Cartagena (Reficar) in Cartagena, Colombia, supplied more than 2,800 flow and level measurement devices to support a $3.8 billion refinery expansion and modernization project. The Reficar expansion project added twelve new process units, increasing refining capacity and production from 80 KBD to 165 KBD. The upgraded facility will produce ultra-low sulfur gasoline and diesel from heavy crude oil slate. Because of the large scale of the project, Reficar wanted a MIV with a global presence, project execution capabilities, and the skills needed to handle this huge expansion and modernization project. Reficar was also in search of a global partner that could easily meet their wide range of measurement technology needs and act as a single source supplier. As the MIV, Endress+Hauser was able to:

  • Perform sizing and selection of Endress+Hauser and third-party instrumentation
  • Produce and manage all technical, commercial and logistics documentation
  • Coordinate all inspections, calibrations and logistics-related activities

Colsein Ltda, Endress+Hauser’s local partner in Colombia, provided additional support to Reficar through local training, calibration services and site supervision during installation, commissioning and startup. Colsein Ltda delivered a series of training programs to Reficar using an Endress+Hauser PTU (Process Training Unit) located in Tocancipa, Cundinamarca Colombia (approximately 16 miles north of Bogotá). The PTU is a full-scale working mini-process plant with on-line instrumentation and controls. The PTU (photo) allowed Reficar personnel to gain hands-on experience with the types of operations, diagnostics and troubleshooting used in the new and updated units. Reficar shifted much of the logistics and invoicing responsibilities to Endress+Hauser by engaging the company as the MIV. All activities involving third-party technical inquiries and orders were routed through a single point of contact at Endress+Hauser. And by engaging Endress+Hauser as the MIV at an early stage in engineering, Reficar was able to include supplier features and part numbers in the initial version of the specification sheets, and ultimately reduce required engineering rework. Overall, this resulted in significant cost savings and reduced engineering rework, time savings for Reficar’s procurement department, and a substantial reduction in the total number of purchase orders, quotations and invoices. About Endress+Hauser in the US Endress+Hauser is one of the largest instrument manufacturers in the United States’ industrial automation industry. Endress+Hauser’s USA headquarters is located in Greenwood, Indiana and is one of the Group’s largest tailor made production and sales facilities worldwide. Endress+Hauser, a Swiss-based company, established a US business in 1970. Since that time, Endress+Hauser has continued to invest in its US operations investing an average of 10% of its annual revenues into its infrastructure – a total of 150 million dollars in the last 5 years. Today, Endress+Hauser employs a total of 1,355 people in the United States, including its external sales and service partners. About the Endress+Hauser Group Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. The Group employs 12,000 personnel across the globe, generating net sales of approximately 1.8 billion euros in 2013. Founded in 1953 by Georg H Endress and Ludwig Hauser, Endress+Hauser has been solely owned by the Endress family since 1975. The Group has developed from a specialist in level measurement to a provider of complete solutions for industrial measuring technology and automation, with constant expansion into new territories and markets. Endress+Hauser provides sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition. The company supports customers with automation engineering, logistics and IT services and solutions. Our products set standards in quality and technology. Endress+Hauser supports its customers in optimizing their processes in terms of reliability, safety, economic efficiency and environmental impact.

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