Emerson to Digitally Automate China's Largest Integrated Refining/Petrochemical Facility


Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, announced that the company has been selected to digitally automate the Fujian Refining and Ethylene Joint Venture Project in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. It is the largest integrated refining and petrochemicals project ever undertaken in China. Project start-up is expected by 2009.

Emerson completed front-end engineering and design in September 2006, and is proceeding with project management, engineering, integration, testing, commissioning and other site services, with work being done out of its Pudong, Shanghai, facility. In addition, Emerson will serve as the Main Instrument and Controls Contractor (MICC) on the project, and will install its PlantWeb digital plant architecture.

"Emerson's goal is to design a reliable, advanced instrument and control system to assure safe, stable, and long-term quality operations while maximising the profitability of the company," said Hongye Hu, MICC manager, Fujian Refinery. "Emerson has proven technologies and a proven track record in China. Emerson's local resources and the support of its global resources help to mitigate and minimise risks for owners."

The Fujian Refining and Ethylene Project is a joint venture by Fujian Petrochemical Company Limited (a 50/50 venture between Sinopec and Fujian Province) (50%), ExxonMobil China Petroleum and Petrochemical Company Limited (25%) and Saudi Aramco Sino Company Limited (25%). The project will expand the existing refinery at Quanzhou, Fujian Province from 80,000 barrels-per-day to 240,000 barrels-per-day. The upgraded refinery will primarily refine and process sour Arabian crude.

In addition, new petrochemical facilities will be constructed, including an 800,000 tons-per-year ethylene steam cracker, an 800,000 tons-per-year polyethylene unit, a 400,000 tons-per-year polypropylene unit, and an aromatics complex to produce 700,000 tons-per-year of paraxylene. A 300,000 tons crude berth and associated utilities will also be built.

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