Honeywell Process Solutions announced Wednesday that it will
supply a new integrated control and safety system for Qatar
Fuel Additives Companys (QAFAC) plant in Mesaieed
Industrial City, located 50 kilometers south of Doha.
The upgrade will help the plant reduce operating costs and
improve efficiencies as it increases production of methanol
and MTBE (methyl tertiary
butyl ether), a key gasoline additive that reduces tailpipe
Honeywells integrated control and safety solution,
including a new fire and gas system, will improve automation
at the plant, increase cyber security, and enhance operator
effectiveness. QAFAC will also benefit from ongoing long-term
services through Honeywells lifecycle support,
according to company officials.
QAFAC, a joint venture between state-backed Industries Qatar,
OPIC Middle East, LCY and IOL, plans to become one of the top
five international producers of methanol
and butane derivatives by
2020. It is also planning to commission an $80 million carbon
dioxide recovery project
this year to capture 500
tpd of CO2 for re-injection into the production cycle.
When added to gasoline, MTBE enhances octane levels to reduce
engine knocking. It also helps the gasoline burn more
completely, which reduces tailpipe emissions
and helps to meet Euro 5
standards. QAFAC produces MTBE using process technology
Honeywell's UOP segment.
will help us meet growing
demand for methanol, MTBE and clean
s efficiently, while achieving the highest levels of
safety and environment
al performance at our
site, said Nasser Al Kuwari, QAFAC general
The solution includes Honeywells Experion
PKS distributed control system, Honeywells
Safety Manager, and its XLS fire detection
offers a truly
integrated control and safety system that will improve
operational effectiveness, as well as provide cost-saving
features and applications for improved process
performance, said Mansour Al Belhadj, Middle East sales
director for Honeywell Process Solutions.
Work under the multi-million dollar contract has already
begun and is due for completion in 2014.