Emerson awarded $30 million project

Emerson Process Management has been awarded $30 million by SECCO to serve as the main instrument vendor for SECCO’s new 10-plant facility located in Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park.

Shanghai SECCO Petrochemicals Company announced today that it has awarded a $30 million project to Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson.

Emerson Process Management will serve as the main instrument vendor for what is expected to be the world’s most highly optimised petrochemical facility.

Emerson will integrate its PlantWeb digital architecture, Asset Optimisation technologies and services for the new 10-plant facility, which will produce 2.3 million metric tons of chemical products annually.

The SECCO site, located in Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park, will be the world’s largest installation of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. PlantWeb will provide the platform for collecting, analysing and sharing operations and diagnostics information to the 750 operations, engineering, and maintenance personnel manning the SECCO site.

When operational in 2005, more than 23,000 FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and 10 DeltaV digital automation systems within the PlantWeb architecture will control the naphtha-fed ethylene cracker and nine downstream derivative plants.

‘To build a truly world class operation, we will be taking advantage of every technology Emerson has to offer,’ said SECCO Operations Director Paul Bowdler.

‘Using our DeltaV systems, we will be able to give appropriate SECCO personnel access to device, equipment, and process health information, no matter where they are physically located on the site.

‘This capability helps ensure SECCO can engage the right people in the minimum amount of time, thus helping to ensure plant activities are optimised to support operational excellence.’

Emerson will manage instrumentation, control, and safety system responsibilities, including design and engineering, training, commissioning and start-up. Emerson will also work closely with the engineering and procurement firms serving SECCO on this project to insure common standards and approaches are successfully deployed across the site and work to minimise start-up time and maintain project timing.

SECCO is a $2.7 billion joint venture between BP, Sinopec, and Shanghai Petrochemical Corporation (SPC).