Honeywell wins China pipeline control, safety system bid

Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 04:06 PM gHale

The world’s longest gas pipeline, the 8,704-kilometer West-to-East II pipeline, is gaining a new control and safety system.
PetroChina, China’s main oil producer and operator of the pipeline, this week named Honeywell and its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and Safety Manager to watch over the pipeline operation and protect against hazards. This is the second of two massive pipelines the country built to transport fuel from western China to its eastern regions.
The new pipeline crosses 14 Chinese provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities and will transport 30 billion cubic yards of natural gas per year. The pipeline will play a major role as the country, the second-largest energy consumer in the world behind the United States, shifts from coal fuel-based energy to natural gas.
Each year the gas transported by the pipeline should replace 76.8 million tons of coal. With that in mind, using natural gas should reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 1.44 million tons and carbon dioxide by 130 million tons.
PetroChina will use Experion as the main integration and control software platform at the pipeline’s 73 control stations. Experion will integrate alarm and event subsystems to give pipeline operators a complete view of how the pipeline is functioning.
By integrating Safety Manager into the system, the entire system will hike process-safeguarding practices such as emergency shutdowns, equipment protection, fire and gas monitoring and critical control.
“The system we’re putting in place for PetroChina will increase its operators’ access to information and help them make better-informed decisions to promote its integrity,” said Samuel Wu, regional general manager, Honeywell Process Solutions Greater China.

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