Honeywell wins $9.6mn EPC deal to upgrade automation systems at Iraq refinery

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 NRC’s existing control system will improve operational efficiencies, reliability and safety at the refinery, Honeywell officials said.

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 said.

“The North refinery is the largest of its kind in Iraq and is a vital part of our country’s 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 project’s 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 plant’s existing systems, company officials said.

“As Iraq’s 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 Iraq’s economy.”

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.

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