Friday 12 February 2010

Worldwide alliance in automation

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has been selected by Shell as a main automation contractor (MAC) for integrated production control and safety instrumented systems, and that the two companies have signed a Global Framework Agreement (GFA).

Starting in 2009, Shell has worked to reduce the number of equipment and systems suppliers for its plants, and has assessed and narrowed down the list of contractors that it works with in the control systems field. Thanks to its outstanding delivery record to Shell, highly reputed technologies, and strong health, safety, security, and environment (HSSE) policy, Yokogawa
was chosen to be one of Shell's main suppliers. The contract includes ongoing maintenance of systems and the supply of new systems for both brownfield and greenfield projects. The agreement brings advantages to both companies by improving the efficiency of the activities undertaken by buyer and supplier. The move is part of Shell's initiative to achieve top quartile performance across categories in support of its "More Upstream, Profitable Downstream" strategy.

Nick Curley, Shell's Upstream Automation Portfolio Manager, says, "This GFA marks a completely new approach within Shell: this is a long term, competitive, collaborative, and performance based relationship that will facilitate the delivery of value to both parties."

With this agreement, Yokogawa has successfully strengthened its partnership with the Shell Group and its business with the Group will increase. Encouraged by this contract, Yokogawa will expand its control business worldwide.

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