Emerson to supply automation for Vopak terminals

Netherlands-based Vopak has awarded Emerson Process Management a three-year global framework agreement to provide process automation systems and services for Vopak’s 80-plus storage and bulk liquid terminal facilities around the world, the companies said on Tuesday.

Standardizing on Emerson’s DeltaV digital automation system will help Vopak meet growing demand for reliable liquid oil, gas, and chemical storage and terminal services, the company said.

The 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 automation systems.

Vopak says it recognizes standardization, repeatability, and knowledge management as the key enablers for improving performance of terminal automation initiatives.

Implementing Emerson’s 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 company.

“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 Management.

Vopak is the world’s largest independent tank storage provider with 83 terminals in 31 countries.

Emerson’s selection builds on a long-term relationship between the two companies that also includes the implementation of its Syncade logistics software at Vopak’s fuel distribution terminal at Amsterdam Westpoort in the Netherlands.

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