Netherlands-based Vopak has awarded Emerson Process
Management a three-year global framework agreement to provide
process automation systems and services for Vopaks
80-plus storage and bulk liquid terminal facilities around the world, the
companies said on Tuesday.
Standardizing on Emersons DeltaV digital
automation system will help Vopak meet growing demand for
reliable liquid oil, gas, and chemical storage and terminal
services, the company said.
growing demand is driven by increasing global energy usage and
geographic imbalances between production and consumption,
according to Vopak officials.
Vopak noted that terminal automation contributes to
operational success in safety, health and the environment,
effectiveness and efficiency.
The process control systems are aimed at helping Vopak
reduce project lead time, improve strategic
planning and project execution, and operate
terminals more efficiently.
Under the agreement, Emerson will design, configure, and
implement digital automation systems for all new automation projects at Vopak terminals, as well
as provide on-going support services for new and existing
Vopak says it recognizes standardization, repeatability, and
knowledge management as the key enablers for improving
performance of terminal automation initiatives.
Implementing Emersons DeltaV system and
integrating it with additional terminal logistic and safety
systems will help Vopak optimize operations, reduce field work
and time-consuming paperwork, and improve terminal
effectiveness and customer satisfaction, according to the
This agreement recognizes the excellent relationship
we have with Vopak and offers Emerson an exciting opportunity
to provide Vopak terminals with automation technology for many years to
come, said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process
Vopak is the worlds largest independent tank storage
provider with 83 terminals in 31 countries.
Emersons selection builds on a long-term relationship
between the two companies that also includes the implementation
of its Syncade logistics software at Vopaks fuel
distribution terminal at Amsterdam Westpoort in the