The automation division of Siemens was recently awarded a
five-year deal from Shell to deliver process gas chromatographs
through an enterprise framework agreement that covers Shell
companies, subsidiaries and joint ventures across the
During the term of the agreement, Siemens will supply gas
chromatographs together with related systems such as analysis
cabinets and shelters, much of which will be manufactured by
Siemens in the US, the company said.
Additionally, Siemens will provide front-end engineering and
Siemens manufactures the base hardware of their gas
chromatographs in Bartlesville, Okla. The base hardware of the
gas chromatograph is tailored to each application in
chromatography labs located in Oklahoma, Germany and
The Siemens facility in Bartlesville, employing
approximately 160 people, is the global hub for the process gas
chromatograph product line, the company said.
This includes not only product manufacturing, but also
technical support and research and development.
"This agreement allows Siemens to integrate and streamline
its operations and to improve engineering consistency among
Shell plants globally, thereby reducing Shell's process
analyzer costs," says Alfred Kania, business development
manager for Siemens.
"The oil and gas industry is an important business sector
for Siemens process analytics, and the combination of our
product portfolio, technology and innovation and
commitment to services allows us to continue to be a market
leader in this category, Mr. Kania added.
While the gas chromatographs will be manufactured in
Bartlesville, each unit is typically enclosed in an analyzer
shelter, manufactured in Houston, Siemens officials
The Houston facility supports customers located in North and
South America. The analyzer shelter protects the unit's
hardware from environmental conditions.
Siemens process gas chromatographs are used in all branches
of fine chemicals, refining and hydrocarbon processing
industries, and perform chemical composition analysis of gases
and liquids that are present in all phases of production,
according to the company.
Built for harsh environments either directly online or
nearby in at-line process measurement laboratories, these gas
chromatographs maintain application flexibility that enable the
sample analysis of feedstock, partially processed
product stream, final products and process by-products,
including wastes and environmental hazards.
Gas chromatography is one of the most flexible of the
processes used for gas analysis, and is used to improve product
quality and increase the yield and energy efficiency of
processes, Siemens said.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.