Shanghai SECCO Petrochemicals catches the Fieldbus

Shanghai SECCO Petrochemicals Company is to install the world’s largest Foundation Fieldbus system to date at a new 10-plant petrochemical complex near Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China.

Shanghai SECCO Petrochemicals Company, a $2.7 billion joint venture between BP, Sinopec and Shanghai Petrochemical Corporation (SPC) is to install the world’s largest Foundation Fieldbus system to date at a new 10-plant petrochemical complex near Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China.

The SECCO complex, when operational in 2005, will be one of the world’s most highly automated petrochemical facilities, producing 2.3 million metric tons of chemical products annually.

Fieldbus-based systems will manage over 80,000 I/O points throughout the facility and communicate with more than 23,000 fieldbus devices used to control a naphtha-fed ethylene cracker and nine downstream derivative plants.

Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, will serve as the main instrument vendor for the $30 million project.