KBR, Yokogawa form ammonia technology alliance

KBR and Yokogawa Electric on Monday announced a new alliance in which KBR will supply a fertilizer automation package as part of its ammonia process technology solutions to global customers.

This solution complements KBR’s ammonia portfolio of process licenses, basic engineering design package, proprietary equipment and catalyst supply.

The fertilizer automation package will couple KBR’s ammonia process technology expertise with Yokogawa’s know-how of process control systems to streamline the work process, develop standard configurations and simplify interfaces between various suppliers.

Yokogawa will supply the CENTUM integrated production control system, the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system and selected solution-based software. 

“Through our alliance with KBR, Yokogawa is demonstrating our long-term commitment to providing high-quality, innovative technology to the ammonia and fertilizer industry,” said Satoru Kurosu, president of Yokogawa Electric International

Meanwhile, KBR will provide “know-how” in the form of enhanced distributed control system configuration and advanced applications, such as operations management, performance monitoring, advanced process control, operator training simulator and dynamic simulation studies for fertilizer plants.

It is expected that these solutions will improve plant reliability, reduce energy, increase capacity and improve operator effectiveness in fertilizer plants, according to the companies. Further consolidation of these functions will reduce life-cycle costs for plant control, automation and management systems.

This alliance expands KBR’s solution footprint and provides measureable economic and process performance improvements to new and existing fertilizer plants across the globe.

“This alliance is consistent with KBR Technology’s growth strategy for our fertilizer business,” said John Derbyshire, president of KBR's technology segment.

“We are very proud that Yokogawa has agreed to partner with KBR, and we look forward to pursuing opportunities to apply the fertilizer package both in our new and numerous existing facilities worldwide."

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