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Honeywell to modernise petrochemical plants in China

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Honeywell Process Solutions has been selected by the Sinopec Maoming Company for deploying its business management and automation technology to rejuvenate and improve operational performance at its ageing petrochemical plants in Guangdong Province, China.

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. In China, about 70 percent of its polyethylene is used in product packaging.

Honeywell’s Profit Suite R400 process optimisation software will be deployed at two of Maoming Company’s ethylene-cracking facilities, helping to improve plant performance by increasing energy efficiency, improving flexibility of its operations, and maximising the plants’ yield of high-value products. The plants have been in operation for more than 50 years and currently produce 1 million tons of petrochemicals a year.

According to Aldous Wong, vice president and general manager for Honeywell Process Solutions, China, 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 ageing plants, boosting profitability by increasing throughput and yields, improving product quality, and reducing costs.

He Lijian, deputy chief engineer, Sinopec Maoming Company explains that they want to establish this project as a benchmark for other similar facilities within the Sinopec Group. By installing the Honeywell solution, Maoming Company is expecting an increase in production that would improve their profitability by more than $6 million per year. 

Honeywell’s experience in advanced process control and support capabilities for a number of industrial projects in China helped the company win the contract.

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 manufacturers, as well as legacy systems.

With an installed base of more than 30,000 control systems, Honeywell technology runs mission-critical applications in refineries, chemical plants, pulp and paper mills, pipelines, power plants and other industrial facilities worldwide. 

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