Emerson Wins Major Order for Fisher Digital Valves for Saudi Olefin Project Including the Largest Ever 42-Inch Antisurge Valve

Fisher Optimized Antisurge Valves selected for best-in-class reliability, fine control, fast stroking and easy tuning for critical applications

MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA (February 23, 2009) -- Emerson has been awarded an order for the installation of technologically-advanced Fisher® control valves at the Saudi Kayan petrochemical complex in Al Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. For the project, Emerson will supply 780 Fisher digital control valves including the largest 42-inch Fisher antisurge valve ever to be built.

Scheduled for operation in 2010, and with an annual production capacity exceeding 6 million metric tons of (petro) chemical products, the Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company, an affiliate of the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), is one of the major suppliers in the petrochemical industry.

The use of high performance valves in critical applications is of significant importance to the profitability of a plant. Fisher digital valves will enable predictive monitoring of the processes and digital valve performance, supporting proactive maintenance that addresses problems before they become issues that affect plant performance.

Superior dynamic performance of the 5-meter, 11,000-kilogram large valve with Fisher optimized technology will help ensure a smooth startup for the plant in 2010.

This largest-ever Fisher FB valve will be used in the cracked gas compressor 1st stage to provide surge protection.

Providing high reliability, tight control, fast stroking, and easy tuning, the anti-surge valve features a high-seal graphite packing to eliminate fugitive emissions, Whisper III trim to reduce noise and vibration, a cushioned actuator, Fisher FIELDVUE® DVC6000 Series-PD instrument, and Optimized Digital Valve (ODV) technology to provide fast stroking with controlled deceleration, high resolution, and minimal overshoot. There are twelve valves of various sizes with Optimized Digital Valve (ODV) technology in the order.

Fisher valves with FIELDVUE digital valve controllers are key components of Emerson's PlantWeb® digital plant architecture that networks process automation systems and instrumentation to provide efficient operations and predictive technology-driven maintenance for process facilities worldwide.


Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is the world's 5th largest petrochemicals company. The company is among the world's market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.

SABIC operates six interlinked strategic business units: Basic Chemicals, Intermediates, Specialty Products, Polymers, Fertilizers and Metals. In 2007 SABIC Innovative Plastics was launched as a global manufacturer and supplier of highly engineered thermoplastics. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with over 31,000 employees worldwide.

In Saudi Arabia, the company has 19 world-scale complexes located in the industrial cities of Al-Jubail and Yanbu. Elsewhere, SABIC manufactures on a global scale in more than 45 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. SABIC's overall production has increased from 27 million metric tons in 2001 to 55 million metric tons in 2007.

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, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb®, Fisher®, Rosemount®, Micro Motion®, Daniel®, DeltaV(TM), Ovation®, and AMS® Suite.

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