Vietnam's PV Gas selects Honeywell Modular Gas Processing Plant and Automation to produce Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016

Honeywell announced that it will supply a 250 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) modular gas processing plant and advanced automation systems to PetroVietnam subsidiary, PV Gas.

PV Gas, Vietnam's primary gas provider, will use Honeywell UOP's modular gas processing plant to separate liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from natural gas at its Ca Mau facility near the southern tip of Vietnam. Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) will serve as the integrated main automation contractor (I-MAC) and supply the integrated controls and safety systems for the facility and terminal. PV Gas's total capital investment for the project is approximately $498 million.

PV Gas supplies natural gas to generate nearly 40 percent of the nation's electricity, and local production accounts for more than 55 percent of Vietnam's domestic demand for LPG.

The Honeywell UOP modular plant will separate LPG, a compressed mix of propane and butane, from natural gas. LPG is used as a fuel for heating and transportation, and to manufacture plastics and synthetic rubber. Globally, LPG consumption is growing rapidly due to its versatility, low carbon emissions and energy efficiency. Within Asia, LPG demand is expected to grow at about 8.5 percent per year through 2020, according to IHS.

"As part of the largest oil and gas provider in Vietnam, PV Gas is making smart investments in infrastructure and innovative technology to meet the country's goal of increasing the utilization and profitability of natural gas, and this solution from Honeywell will help us achieve that," said Mr. Huynh Quang Hai, general manager of Ca Mau Gas Processing Plant's management board. "Honeywell's modular gas plant and advanced automation controls offer a high recovery liquid efficiency, increasing the production of valuable products from natural gas."

The factory-built modular gas plant will be installed on site and is expected to begin production in 2017. The consortium of Posco Engineering Co., Ltd and PetroVietnam Technical Services Co. is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the project.

"Honeywell UOP has worked with PetroVietnam for more than 20 years in refining and petrochemicals, and this project will help Vietnam meet its growing energy demands," said John Gugel, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP's Gas Processing and Hydrogen business. "Our modular gas processing plants are a proven solution for high-quality, fast and efficient gas processing anywhere in the world, helping companies generate revenue sooner and more cost-effectively than with stick-built plants."

As the I-MAC, Honeywell will provide the front-end engineering and design (FEED) to design, deliver and install the automation, instrumentation, controls, safety and security for the gas processing units as well as for the terminal operations. This unified approach will be critical to help the project start up quickly and meet operational and business readiness goals.

"Honeywell is uniquely qualified to supply both the process and controls for major projects like this," said Pieter Krynauw, vice president for HPS's Projects and Automation Solutions business. "UOP provides the processes that make the facility work, and HPS automation controls will keep it running efficiently and safely. PV Gas will see lifecycle benefits from this approach, beginning with fast installation and startup and sustained through training and site services – all from a single supplier."

Honeywell UOP's modular process equipment efficiently delivers technology to treat and process natural gas, and can be shipped easily to remote locations. Plant modules are assembled quickly, significantly reducing construction time and expense, and enhancing reliability after startup. For multiple units, the standardized design simplifies training, operations and maintenance due to common parts, skid and installation layouts, and spares. Watch a video on Honeywell UOP modular gas processing solutions.

Honeywell UOP also offers a full suite of related technologies to remove contaminants from raw natural gas streams, to purify hydrogen used in refineries, and equipment including Callidus flares. The company has supplied technology to more than 3,600 individual units in a broad range of applications throughout the world. It also supplies modular equipment to the global oil refining and petrochemical industries.

Honeywell's automation technologies that will be deployed by PV Gas include:

  • •    Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS), the heart of the Integrated Control and Safety Systems (ICSS), offering more than traditional distributed control systems (DCS) by unifying people with process, business requirements and asset management by enabling integration of all process control and safety systems and automation software under one unified architecture.
  • •    LEAP™ – Honeywell's new lean project execution services combines proprietary Universal Channel Technology, virtualization and cloud engineering to give users greater scheduling flexibility while reducing risk and total automation costs by up to 30 percent.
  • •    Smartline® field transmitters – The industry's first modular and most reliable transmitters set a standard for ease of use and total performance in harsh and noisy process environments.
  • •    Safety Manager integrates process safety data, applications, system diagnostics and critical control strategies, and executes defined safety applications in a fully redundant architecture.
  • •    SmartRadar FlexLine is one of Honeywell's high-end radar tank gauges for the assessment of tank contents, tank inventory control and tank farm management.

PetroVietnam is a state-owned company with many subsidiaries that operate in the oil and gas industries, from exploration and production, to storage, processing, transportation and distribution. The company is responsible for the country's oil and gas resources, acting as the primary operator and regulator.

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