Honey­well’s tech­nol­ogy selected


Honey­well Process So­lu­tions re­cently an­nounced that its au­to­ma­tion and safety tech­nol­ogy has been selected for the third phase of a pipe­line project sup­ply­ing nat­u­ral gas from Cen­tral Asia to China. Asia Trans Gas selected Honey­well’s Ex­pe­rion® Process Knowl­edge Sys­tem (PKS) and Safety Man­ager tech­nol­ogy to man­age op­er­a­tions and to help pre­vent safety prob­lems in a third pipe­line to be built as part of the Cen­tral Asia-China Gas Pipe­line (CACGP) project. The same Honey­well tech­nol­ogy is in use in the first two pipe­lines of the project, which are al­ready in oper­a­tion. Asia Trans Gas is a joint ven­ture of China Na­tional Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) and Uzbek­istan na­tional hold­ing com­pany UzbekNefteGas

“Pipe­lines present unique chal­lenges be­cause their length makes them more dif­fi­cult for oper­a­tors to mon­i­tor and re­spond to prob­lems, but an in­te­grated ap­proach pro­vides un­par­al­leled vis­i­bil­ity into their op­er­a­tions. The Honey­well sys­tem will in­crease oper­a­tors’ ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and help them make faster, bet­ter­in­formed de­ci­sions to pro­mote the in­tegrity and safety of the pipe­line,” Al­dous Wong, re­gional gen­eral man­ager, Honey­well Process So­lu­tions, Greater China re­port­edly said.

Honey­well’s Ex­pe­rion PKS will be the main in­te­gra­tion and con­trol soft­ware plat­form for the 530-kilo­me­ter pipe­line to give oper­a­tors a com­plete view of how the pipe­line is func­tion­ing. By in­te­grat­ing Honey­well’s Safety Man­ager soft­ware into the over­all sys­tem, Ex­pe­rion will help im­prove safety prac­tices such as emer­gency shut­downs, equip­ment pro­tec­tion, fire and gas mon­i­tor­ing, and crit­i­cal con­trol. “Nat­u­ral gas from Cen­tral Asia plays an im­por­tant role in pro­vid­ing cleaner en­ergy for China and we ex­pect de­mand to grow at 8 per­cent per year. Asia Trans Gas is pleased to con­tinue to part­ner with Honey­well to man­age these crit­i­cal pipe­line op­er­a­tions ef­fi­ciently and safely,” Li Lin, gen­eral man­ager, Asia Trans Gas added. The third pipe­line in the CACGP net­work, named Line C, will run in par­al­lel with the ex­ist­ing twin pipe­lines, Lines A and B. The pipe­lines start in Turk­menistan and cut across Uzbek­istan and Kaza­khstan be­fore reach­ing China’s western Xin­jiang prov­ince. The A and B lines, which were com­pleted in 2009, also use Honey­well’s Ex­pe­rion PKS and Safety Man­ager. The ex­ist­ing main con­trol cen­ter (MCC), which cur­rently con­trols lines A and B, will be up­graded and be­come the con­trol cen­ter for all three lines.

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