Total Bitumen Turns to Invensys for Major DCS Upgrade

FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, USA - July 9, 2007 - Invensys Process Systems has won a major contract to supply a modern Foxboro I/A Series DCS system to TOTAL Bitumen for its site in Preston, England.

The Preston plant converts heavy oil feedstock into various grades of bitumen for use in advanced road surface coatings and roofing materials.

As part of an HSE upgrade at the site and to meet the need for a platform that would allow expansion into other plant areas and improved data management, TOTAL Bitumen decided to replace its ageing plant PLCs with an entirely new automation system housed in a new central control building.

Invensys Process Systems won the contract with its plan to migrate the existing PLCs onto a new Foxboro mesh network-based I/A Series automation system. This new system will oversee activities such as oxidation, kegging, blending, storage, and rail offloading.

Although Invensys Process Systems has a presence at other TOTAL sites in the UK and abroad, this is the first installation at the Preston site. The contract includes training for operators, maintenance and engineering staff and will be implemented by Projen, resident site E&I contractor for TOTAL.


TOTAL is the world's fourth largest energy group and Europe's leading refiner and marketer of fuels. TOTAL has interests in 27 refineries and over 17,000 service stations throughout the world. TOTAL UK is the group's UK refining and marketing subsidiary, and is based in Watford. TOTAL UK has two refineries, a lubricant blending plant and a bitumen plant as well as 850 TOTAL branded service stations throughout England and Wales, which accounts for 10 per cent of the UK market, selling over three billion liters (792 million gallons) of fuel and lubricants each year.

About Invensys

Invensys is the world leader in industrial asset performance management, a strategy designed to help today's industrial enterprises to effectively balance the availability and utilization of their production assets to match changing business requirements. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions and Performance Management services groups, Invensys' automation businesses includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world's largest upstream projects, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys Group ( is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with approximately 30,000 employees working in 60 countries.

Alison Scarrott, Ballard Communications Management, email: Stephen Ballard, Ballard Communications Management, email:
Tel: +44 (0)1306 882288
Client Contact:
Angelika John, Invensys Process Systems EMEA, email:
Tel: +33 (0) 1344326

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