February 1999

Facility Management

Modernization project yields a more competitive plant

Refinery is meeting its key business drivers: higher product quality, lower operating costs, increased manufacturing flexibility and improved regulatory compliance

Jassso, R. C., Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control; Stoeckel, T., Phillips Petroleum Company

Competitive pressures in the chemical and refining businesses were driving forces behind a major upgrade job at Phillips Petroleum Company's Sweeny Refinery & Petrochemical Complex, in Old Ocean, Texas. The challenge included modernizing and integrating control technology and information systems (IS). Referred to as the manufacturing automation plan (MAP), this effort is now in its third year of existence. Phillips formed a business alliance with a DCS supplier who served as the general automation contractor at the Sweeny site and assumed all project management responsibilities for the modernization work. This approach offered Phillips single-source accountability for the project an

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