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Yokogawa Control System Improves Production Efficiency at Lubricant Plant in SFC Excellence

SFC Excellence Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of The Siam Chemicals Public Company (SCC), was found in 1975 and has registered capital of 70 million baht. SFC Excellence is exceptionally well-known for its manufacturing products and considered to be one of the largest importers of base oil and lube oil manufacturing (toll blenders) in Thailand. SFC Excellence is able to produce the best quality of lubricants for automotive and machineries in industrial usage with a total capacity of 10 million liters per month.

SFC Excellence has been certified ISO9001 since 2003 and ISO/TS16949 since 2008 for its own manufacture of lubrication oil. SFC Excellence is responsible to produce many types of OEM oil brands from the UK, Germany, Japan, including Thailand etc. SFC Excellence provides itself with a research laboratory performing a variety of scientific research and quality control.

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Yokogawa achieves Hot Cutover at Chevron Bangladesh Gas Plant with new Upstream Solutions

suc-chevron-bangladesh-004.pngChevron Bangladesh is the largest natural gas producer in Bangladesh, who is supplying approximately 50 percent of Bangladesh’s natural gas consumption. Through subsidiaries, Chevron Bangladesh produces natural gas and condensate from three fields at Bibiyana, Jalalabad and Moulavi Bazar, in northeast of Bangladesh. Bibiyana Gas Plant is located at the Bibiyana field in Block 12 of the Habiganj District, Sylhet Division. The plant is approximately 150 kilometers in the northeast of Dhaka.

The existing gas plant had four gas processing trains. In order to process increased natural gas volumes from the Bibiyana field, the Bibiyana Expansion Project (BYX) was launched to add two new gas processing trains with additional development wells and an enhanced gas liquids recovery unit.

Project Background:

Chevron Bangladesh was looking for a process automation system for which operations can control the plant safely at its optimum performance with minimum downtime and keep the process within the limit of safety operation. Yokogawa offered CENTUM VP as the Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and ProSafe-RS as the Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) and the fire and gas system(FGS), through the integrated Human Interface Station (HIS) between CENTUM VP and ProSafe-RS. Yokogawa (Thailand) Limited received a purchase order to replace Allen Bradley PLCs at the existing four gas processing trains with CENTUM VP and ProSafe-RS, and install CENTUM VP and ProSafe-RS at the two new gas processing trains. Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte. Ltd. provided the engineering work and Yokogawa India Limited commenced the site activities for erection/commissioning and startup support to complete the project.

Yokogawa’s scope of work includes engineering, supply of CENTUM VP, ProSafe-RS, the DPharp (EJA-E) pressure/differential pressure transmitters, the YTA temperature transmitters, the ROTAMASS Coriolis Flowmeters, the Rotameter Variable Area Flowmeters, the Plant Resource Manager (PRM) asset management package, the Unified Gateway Station (UGS) subsystems integration package, the Advanced Operating Graphics (AOG) consultation and implementation for HMI graphics, Network Security Solution service, Alarm Management System, CCTV package, Data Historian, Vibration Monitoring System, and Erection and Commissioning/Startup support.

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Operator Training Simulator Application reduces Start-up Time at Iowa Fertilizer Complex

Construction of IFCo’s $1.8 billion plant began in March 2013. By late 2015, the new plant will begin producing between 1.5 and 2 million tons of nitrogen fertilizer each year. IFCo will be the first world-scale fertilizer plant built in the United States in nearly 25 years. Nitrogen fertilizer accounts for about 60 percent of global fertilizer use. The output of the IFCo plant will drastically reduce US dependence on imported fertilizer. In addition, a domestic fertilizer source will save farmers across the country millions of dollars annually.

IFCo chose Yokogawa as the Operator Training Simulator (OTS) vendor for its IFCo complex due to Yokogawa’s proven capability with OTS in the fertilizer industry and track record in integrating Yokogawa’s OTS seamlessly with CENTUM VP Distributed Control System (DCS) and ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System (SIS). CENTUM VP, ProSafe-RS and OmegaLand were used for the development of the OTS for IFCo. Yokogawa’s simulator offers a highly accurate operator training system with a realistic feel, an environment for examining and verifying control methods, functions for plant optimization, energy saving designs, and online operation support through the use of modeling and simulation technologies. The IFCo OTS implementation is being carried out in the ammonia, urea, and nitric acid units. Yokogawa provided support by designing, developing, implementing, and testing the OTS in the processing units.

About Iowa Fertilizer Company:  Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFCo) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Netherlands-based company, OCI NV, a global leader in nitrogen fertilizer production and an engineering and construction contractor. OCI NV has an international fertilizer distribution platform spanning from the Americas to Asia. IFCo is located in Southeast Iowa and near the western boundary of Illinois.

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MAC and Rich Engineering Expertise are key to Success of Modernization Project at Thai Refinery

Thai Refinery migration Yokogawa.jpgThis project was conducted for PTT Aromatics and Refining Public Company Limited (PTTAR), which was established in September 2007 through the amalgamation of Aromatics (Thailand) Public Company Limited (ATC) and Rayong Refinery Public Company Limited (RRC) and was Thailand’s no.1 integrated oil refiner and aromatics producer. In October 2011, PTTAR was amalgamated with PTT Chemical Public Company Limited to form the current PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited.

PTTAR’s AR1 crude oil refinery at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong started operation in 1996 and was capable of converting 280,000 barrels per day. By 2006, after 10 years in use, the refinery’s original Foxboro IA Series (v4.3) distributed control system (DCS) was beginning to show its age. To decrease downtime and maintenance costs, the decision was made to replace it with a more modern control system.

In this modernization project, PTTAR chose to go with a Yokogawa control system solution and work with Yokogawa Engineering Asia as its main automation contractor (MAC). The main reasons for this decision were:

  • Star Petroleum Refining’s refinery at the same industrial estate has had good results with a Yokogawa DCS that has been in operation there for 15 years.
  • Yokogawa’s proven MAC project execution capability
  • Yokogawa’s excellent local support
  • Yokogawa’s experience in plant revamps involving migrations from industrial automation systems such as the Foxboro IA Series DCS
  • Yokogawa’s knowledge of the process technologies that PTTAR had licensed from Shell

SCADA System takes a new Municipal Water Treatment Plant in Bali to higher level of operation

Yokogawa water treat Indoneshia.jpgIndonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, and its infrastructure is developing rapidly to meet the growing needs of its urban population and various industries. Bali, Indonesia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and its water infrastructure is rapidly developing to satisfy the growing needs of its tourism industry. To meet the growing water demand in the Sanur beach resort on Bali’s southeastern coast, the Indonesian government’s, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PU) planned to build the new Petanu water treatment plant. The Indonesian state-owned plant builder, PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk, constructed the plant.

The Petanu water Treatment plant is dedicated to set a new level of water supply operation in Indonesia. Instrumentation and automation technology is introduced to improve its operational accountability as well as the easiness of its manageability for the operator. SCADA system is the appropriate measure to reach the goal. The Petanu water treatment plant started its commercial operation in May 2014 and produces 300 liters per second (approximately 25,920 cubic meters per day) of drinking water. The plant will increase its production progressively to supply drinking water for three municipalities in Southern Bali (Gianyar, Denpasar and Badung).

The PU and Waskita Karya selected Yokogawa’s process automation system as a one stop solution which includes FAST/TOOLS™ SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system, STARDOM™ network-based control system, and various field instruments. To meet the urgent market demands, PU and Waskita Karya requested Yokogawa Indonesia to deliver these instruments and systems within three months from the order. Furthermore, PU and Yokogawa are committed to support the capacity building for the operator in the Petanu water treatment plant, especially in operating and maintaining SCADA system.

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