Honeywell Process Solutions has 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.
The same Honeywell technology is currently maintaining efficiency and safety for the first two lines in the Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Project (CACGP).
Asia Trans Gas selected Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and Safety Manager technology to manage operations and help prevent safety problems in a third pipeline to be built as part of the CACGP project. Asia Trans Gas is a joint venture of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) and Uzbekistan national holding company UzbekNefteGas.
According to Aldous Wong, regional general manager, Honeywell Process Solutions, Greater China, pipelines present unique challenges because their length makes them more difficult for operators to monitor and respond to problems; however an integrated approach will provide unparalleled visibility into their operations. He added that the Honeywell system will increase operators’ access to information and help them make faster, better-informed decisions to promote the integrity and safety of the pipeline.
Honeywell’s Experion PKS will be the main integration and control software platform for the 530-kilometre pipeline to give operators a complete view of the functioning of the pipeline. 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.
Li Lin, general manager, Asia Trans Gas observes that natural gas from Central Asia plays an important role in providing cleaner energy for China. Asia Trans Gas is pleased to continue to partner with Honeywell to manage these critical pipeline operations efficiently and safely.
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 and are controlled by the existing main control centre (MCC) that will be upgraded to become the control centre for all three lines, leveraging Honeywell’s Distributed System Architecture (DSA).