Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Automation helps refinery boost heavy-crude capacity more than four-fold!

Start-up of one of the largest investments in BP history enables major refinery to begin processing more heavy-sour Canadian crude

Emerson Process Management has completed process automation for BP’s modernisation of its refinery in Whiting, (IND USA). As main automation contractor for the massive upgrade, Emerson provided technologies and services that helped enable the Chicago-area refinery to modernise its facility to process advantaged crude supplies.

Steve Sonnenberg
“The Whiting project is one of the largest, most complex start-ups for which we’ve served as main automation contractor,”
noted Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “We congratulate BP on its success and appreciate the opportunity to have helped make it happen.”

To facilitate commissioning and start-up of BP’s new crude distillation unit, coking unit, gas oil hydrotreater and sulphur complex units, Emerson drew on the resources of its engineering centres around the world. This global Emerson team − with personnel from the USA, India, Costa Rica and the Philippines − included more than 80 engineers, consultants, and technical specialists. A core team will support BP throughout 2014 as the refinery increases production of heavy-sour crude.

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