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Honeywell to modernise petrochemical plant

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Honeywell has been selected by Sinopec Maoming Company for business management and automation technology that will rejuvenate and improve operational performance at aging petrochemical plants in the Guangdong Province of China.

The details
Honeywell’s Profit Suite R400 process and optimisation software will be deployed at two of Maoming Company’s ethylene cracking facilities which will help to improve plant performance by increasing energy efficiency, improving flexibility of operations and maximising the yield of high value products. The facilities have been operating for over 50 years and currently produce 1 million tpy of petrochemicals.

Profit Suite R400 is the most comprehensive release of Honeywell’s Advanced Process Control (APC) and optimisation technology portfolio, with the ability to integrate with many different distributed control systems (DCS) by multiple manufactures, as well as legacy systems.

Ethylene is an important building block for petrochemicals and is primarily used in the manufacture of polyethylene, which, in turn, goes into a wide range of products, such as packaging, detergents, synthetic lubricants and synthetic rubber. Approximately 70% of China’s polyethylene is used in product packaging.

Comments on the contract
Aldous Wong, VP and general manager for Honeywell Process Solutions in China said, ‘Although new petrochemical plants are being built, globally the petrochemical industry is a mature industry, with many plants having been in operation for decades. Honeywell’s process optimisation solutions can breathe new life into these aging plants, boosting profitability by increasing throughput and yields, improving product quality, and reducing costs.’

He Lijian, deputy chief engineer, Sinopec Maoming Company said, ‘we want to establish this project as a benchmark for other similar facilities within the Sinopec Group. Using this Honeywell solution, Maoming Company is expecting an increase in production that would improve our profitability by more than US$ 6 million /y. Honeywell’s experience in advanced process control and support capabilities for a number of industrial projects in China helped us to decide to choose them as one of our trusted vendors.’

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd

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