Yokogawa Electric has been selected as the main
automation contractor for Chevron Phillips Chemical's US Gulf
Coast (USGC) petrochemicals project
, the companies announced
was first announced in
March 2011 and will include a 1.5 million tpy (3.3 billion
lb/year) ethane cracker and two new polyethylene facilities
, each with a capacity
of 500,000 tpy (1.1 billion lb/year).
The ethane cracker will be built at Chevron Phillips
Chemicals Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas, and two
polyethylene units will be built at a site in Old Ocean,
Texas, near the existing Sweeny plant of Chevron
The USGC project
is expected to commence construction
in early 2014 and
create approximately 400 long-term direct jobs and 10,000
engineering and construction
We are proud to be part of one of the first grass roots
ethylene and polyethylene plants to be built in the US in a
very long time, said Chet Mroz, CEO of Yokogawa Corp.
As the main automation contractor, Yokogawa will supply the
control systems, safety systems, remote instrument
enclosures, and the analyzer shelters and analytical systems.
The control system platform will be based on Yokogawas
CENTUM VP integrated production control system.
While CENTUM VP is classified as a distributed control system
(DCS), it goes beyond a traditional DCS by offering a more
intuitive human machine interface and a large-capacity field
control station to process data faster while maintaining high
, according to the
Yokogawa notes that the dual-redundant configuration of
processor cards combined with pairing each processor card
with two CPUs (pair and spare configuration) ensures
uninterrupted operations and high availability.