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Schneider Electric acquires Invensys

Schneider Electric announces today that it has completed its acquisition of Invensys plc, a global automation player with a large installed base and a strong software presence.

With this acquisition, Schneider Electric is significantly enhancing its position as a provider of efficiency solutions integrating power and automation. The transaction will allow the combined entity to have a unique position in industrial and infrastructure end-markets.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric, commented: “We are delighted to announce the completion of the acquisition of Invensys and warmly welcome the teams joining us. With Invensys, Schneider Electric will reinforce its industrial automation capabilities, boost its positions in key energy-intensive segments and strengthen its software offering. Together, we will create substantial value for our customers, shareholders and employees.”

“Invensys brings proven capabilities in process automation technologies that are very complementary with those of Schneider Electric’s Industry business” said Clemens Blum, Executive Vice-President of the Industry business of Schneider Electric. “We are now in a position to offer to both our customers and those of Invensys a unique value proposition in terms of segment know-how, technologies and geographic footprint.”

Siemens offers efficient and smart autmation solutions for water and sewage treatment

With the slogan "Making things right," Siemens is presenting intelligent automation and drive systems and industrial software for efficient water and sewage treatment at this year's IFAT from May 5 to 9, 2014 in Munich. The focus will be on integrated solutions supporting industry and municipalities with minimizing the consumption of resources and energy while maximizing security of supply. This includes integrated planning and engineering tools as well as seamless interaction of automation and drive components. A further focus of the exhibition appearance will be "smart water" – intelligent solutions based on industry software. For this, Siemens will be showing the water management system SIWA, a modular software solution with which the operation of water supply networks can be optimized and drain systems and sewage flows can be intelligently controlled. Software modules are also used to detect leaks in water transport systems and water distribution networks and perform computer-aided simulation of complex pipe systems.

Efficient water and sewage treatment starts at the planning stage. Siemens will be presenting an extensive planning tool called Consultant DVD at IFAT. It contains prepared text modules for invitations to bid, manuals, product information, and quick links. This gives plant planners effective support during all planning phases for plants in the water industry. Siemens will also be showing how, with integrated engineering, work processes can be efficiently parallelized, costs lowered, and resources saved. The COMOS engineering and data platform and the Simatic PCS7 process control system enable central data management for plant planners and operators throughout the planning and engineering phase right up to the operating phase. This permits efficient holistic plant management over the entire life cycle of an industrial plant so that time to market can be shortened, costs saved, and quality enhanced.

"Making things right" in the water and sewage industry also means smart management of plants as well as water supply and sewage networks. Siemens will present the modular water management system SIWA for pipelines, drinking water supply and sewage networks at IFAT. This "smart water" solution is based on the Simatic PCS 7 process control system and contains software modules that can be flexibly combined. Depending on operational requirements, these support the operator with optimizing plant operation, detecting and locating leaks, and performing highly dynamic simulation of pipe systems. Operation of water supply networks can be optimized using efficient schedules for pumps, tanks and waterworks. Complex interactions within the network can also be analyzed by computer-aided simulation of hydraulic behavior in the water supply system. For operators of sewage networks and sewage treatment plants, software modules are also provided that permit control of the sewage system and of the wastewater flows to even out the load on sewage treatment plants.

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Honeywell To Modernize Nordics’ Largest Refinery

Honeywell has recently announced that it has been selected by Preem AB to modernize one of Europe’s largest refineries – Preemraf Lysekil – with Honeywell’s Enhanced High Performance Process Manager (EHPM) industrial process controllers.

The project should significantly extend the life of the existing control system at the refinery, located in southern Sweden. Preem AB, the country’s largest oil producer, will use the enhanced high performance process manager to as much as triple the capacity of the refinery’s existing controllers.

Preem AB has an annual refining capacity of more than 18 million metric tons, accounting for 75 percent of refining capacity in Sweden and about one-third of the entire Nordic region. Preem AB is the largest supplier of ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel in Sweden, with a sulfur content of less than 5 ppm (parts per million), significantly lower than the Euro 4 requirement of 50 ppm.

“Honeywell’s Enhanced High Performance Process Manager enables Preem to modernize their refinery and increase through-put while maximizing legacy investments and intellectual property,” said John Rudolph, vice president for Honeywell Process Solutions’ Lifecycle Solutions and Services business.

The upgrade will be completed during planned maintenance at the refinery and will not require any additional downtime. It is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.

“This investment builds on Lysekil’s position as the region’s leading refinery and will deliver real benefits for decades,” said Lars Andersson, automation manager at Preem AB. “It also means we can maintain and improve on a safe, efficient operation, without the disruption and cost of ripping out and replacing the entire control system.”

With support for peer-to-peer communication planned for the future, EHPM will allow Preem to incorporate other technologies from Honeywell, to provide an integrated solution that can include continuous and batch processing controls such as Experion C300, safer operations with Safety Manager, and Honeywell’s fault tolerant ethernet FTE technology, that offers more robust, faster network diagnostics and improved security.

Matthias Altendorf takes up his new position as CEO of the Group Endress+Houser

Baton change: Matthias Altendorf (right) takes over management of the Endress+Hauser Group at the beginning of 2014. His predecessor Klaus Endress is new President of the Supervisory Board.

After 19 years at the top of Endress+Hauser, Klaus Endress is set to clear his desk at the office in Reinach, Switzerland. The previous CEO moves to the Group's Supervisory Board as of 1 January 2014, replacing President Klaus Riemenschneider who is retiring after 43 years of work for Endress+Hauser.

New CEO of the Group is Matthias Altendorf, former Managing Director of the Center of Competence for level and pressure measurement engineering in Maulburg, Germany. The 46-year-old is only the third CEO in the company's history starting in 1953 – and the first one not coming from the Endress shareholder family. The changes at the top of the Group have already been announced in March.

ABB signs $33 million service contract with QGC

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has signed a long-term service agreement (LTSA) with QGC, a wholly owned subsidiary of BG Group, to provide planned and unplanned maintenance for the up- and mid-stream facilities at Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas (QCLNG). The project, located in Queensland, Australia, is the world's first to convert gas from coal-seam into liquefied natural gas.

Coal-seam gas is natural gas extracted from coal beds. It provides the same amount of energy as coal, but carbon dioxide emissions are 40 percent lower. QCLNG is a priority project for QGC because it involves expanding exploration and development in southern and central Queensland. The upstream facilities stretch across the Surat Basin, where the coal-seam gas is gathered and transported along a 540-kilometer underground pipeline, to the LNG plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone.

The contract value is $33 million over four years, booked in the third and fourth quarter, with potential for extending the service term up to a period of 10 years. ABB is to provide comprehensive services including an on-site team to maintain ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA Integrated Control and Safety Systems (ICSS). The contract also covers spare parts management for QCLNG’s upstream collection and transportation facility as well as for the midstream liquefaction and export facility.

“This important contract affirms our strong and long-standing relationship with QGC, which is one of our key customers,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, Head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “We are proud to continue working for this important oil and gas project, and one of our key priorities will be to help our customer reach its production targets in a flawless way.”

In 2011, ABB was awarded a $58 million order from QGC to provide, as main automation contractor (MAC), integrated automation, safety and telecommunications systems and related equipment for the upstream coal-seam gas project.