Honeywell announced on Wednesday that it was selected by
North Refineries Co. (NRC) as the main engineering, procurement
and construction (EPC) contractor to
upgrade automation systems at its refinery in Baiji, Iraq.
The $9.6mn contract for the upgrading of NRCs existing
control system will improve operational efficiencies, reliability and safety at the refinery, Honeywell officials
Honeywell solutions will be used including the Experion
process knowledge system and safety manager, fully automating
the facility and replacing its 30-year-old single loop
instrument control system, the company said.
In addition to improving safety and security at the plant,
the new automation investment will allow NRC to maximize
productivity, while offering full scalability to support future
technology upgrades, officials
The North refinery is the largest of its kind
in Iraq and is a vital part of our countrys energy
industry. Our primary goal is to optimize production levels and
our decision to invest in a state-of-the-art automation
solution reflects that, said Abdulghafoor Abduljabbar,
director general of North Refineries Co.
From the very start, we were aware that selecting the
right technology partner would play an important role in this
projects success. Our decision
to work with Honeywell was based on their track record and
ability to meet and exceed our requirements, he said.
Honeywell Process Solutions technology will manage a wide range
of processes, helping to optimize yield while reducing maintenance costs by up to 30%.
Honeywell will also provide technical training to NRC employees
to promote seamless migration from the plants existing
systems, company officials said.
As Iraqs hydrocarbon industry grows, there is a
focus on improving efficiency and reducing downtime caused by
the continued use of legacy equipment, said Norm
Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell Process Solutions. By
using our latest automation suite, the North refinery will become more efficient,
maximizing yields and further contributing to Iraqs
Honeywell opened a full-service office in Baghdad in October
2010. The office was established to supply technology solutions such as process
automation equipment to Iraq's oil and gas industry.
Further offices are being planned in southern and northern
Iraq over the next few years, the company said.