Emerson's PlantWeb® digital plant architecture installation will integrate process control and smart Safety Instrumented System
AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 15, 2006) - Emerson Process Management announced today that it has been awarded a contract by EnCana Corporation, one of North America's leading natural gas producers, to apply its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture to automate EnCana's new Steeprock natural gas processing plant, located in N. E. British Columbia, Canada. The digital PlantWeb approach will integrate basic process control and a smart Safety Instrumented System.
EnCana's Steeprock Facility will be designed to process 5380 e3m3/day (190 MMSCFD) of raw gas. The plant will consist of two main components: 1) two amine plants, one to remove CO2 from the raw sweet feed gas, and the second to remove CO2 and H2S from the raw sour feed gas; and 2) a Claus Process facility to extract elemental sulfur from the H2S removed through an Amine process. The construction goal for plant start up and commissioning is winter 2006/2007.
"We selected Emerson based on the combination of expertise and support offered by the company, plus the advantages of its comprehensive digital PlantWeb approach," commented Rajesh Udipi, Senior Facilities Engineer, of Encana. "We see advantages to the smart Safety Instrumented System technologies, and to the predictive nature of the basic control system."
Emerson's PlantWeb will integrate process control and smart Safety Instrumented System (SIS) solutions based on the architecture's DeltaV(TM) digital automation system, AMS(TM) Suite predictive maintenance software, and intelligent HART® field instruments that include Emerson's Fisher® valves with FIELDVUE® digital valve controllers and Rosemount® transmitters.
Emerson's smart SIS integrates use of digital intelligence to enable customer implementation of safer process plants. Smart SIS automates proof testing, including partial valve stroking, to enable continuous and on-demand diagnosing of safety loop sensors, logic solvers and final control elements to ensure they perform on demand. The resulting high reliability of safety systems reduces the risk of plant trips, which keeps plants up and running. At the same time, the approach minimizes costly and risky practices of ongoing manual proof tests.
Emerson will supply a variety of services for system design, configuration, and commissioning, including local system support provided by Emerson's local business partner, Spartan Controls. PlantWeb services are key to helping customers derive full value from state-of-the-art control, automation and asset management solutions, both at the installation and operational phases of the project.
The PlantWeb digital approach is installed worldwide and has demonstrated substantial project cost savings. Additionally, the architecture's built-in predictive intelligence can improve throughput and availability by delivering diagnostic data to personnel who can repair problems before they interfere with operations.
With an enterprise value of approximately C$50 (US$45) billion, EnCana is one of North America's leading natural gas producers, is among the largest holders of gas and oil resource lands onshore North America and is a technical and cost leader in the in-situ recovery of oil sands bitumen. EnCana delivers predictable, reliable, profitable growth from its portfolio of long-life resource plays situated in Canada and the United States. Contained in unconventional reservoirs, resource plays are large contiguous accumulations of hydrocarbons, located in thick or aerially extensive deposits, that typically have lower geological and commercial development risk, lower average decline rates and very long producing lives compared to conventional plays. The application of technology to unlock the huge resource potential of these plays typically results in continuous increases in production and reserves and decreases in costs over multiple decades of resource play life.
About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com) an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include PlantWeb®, DeltaV(TM), Ovation®, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Mobrey ®, Daniel®, Bristol and AMS(TM) Suite.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2005 were $17.3 billion. For more information, visit www.gotoemerson.com.
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