Honeywell clinches Qatar supply contract
Doha, July 2, 2014
Honeywell Process Solutions said it has won a contract from Qatar Fuel Additives Company (Qafac) to supply a new integrated control and safety system for its Mesaieed Industrial City plant, 50 km south of Doha.
Qafac, a joint venture between state-backed Industries Qatar, OPIC Middle East, LCY and IOL, aims to become one of the top five international producers of methanol and butane derivatives by 2020.
It is also planning to commission an $80 million carbon dioxide recovery project this year to capture 500 tons of CO(2) a day for re-injection into the production cycle.
The upgrade will help the plant reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies as it increases production of methanol and MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether), a key gasoline additive that reduces tailpipe emissions, said the company in a statement.
Honeywell's integrated control and safety solution, including a new fire and gas system, will improve automation at the plant, increase cyber security, and enhance operator effectiveness.
It will also benefit from ongoing long-term services through Honeywell's lifecycle support.
When added to gasoline, MTBE enhances octane levels to reduce engine knocking. It also helps the gasoline burn more completely, which reduces tailpipe emissions and helps to meet Euro 5 standards.
Qafac produces MTBE using process technology licensed from UOP, a Honeywell company that is a leading developer of technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.
"This project will help us meet growing demand for methanol, MTBE and clean fuels efficiently, while achieving the highest levels of safety and environmental performance at our site," said Nasser Al Kuwari, the general manager.
Work under the multimillion dollar contract has already begun and is due for completion in the second quarter of 2014, he added.
Mansour Al Belhadj, the Middle East sales director for Honeywell Process Solutions, said: "Our technology offers a truly integrated control and safety system that will improve operational effectiveness, as well as provide cost-saving features and applications for improved process performance."
"The solution includes Honeywell's Experion, PKS distributed control system, Safety Manager, and its XLS fire detection systems," he added.-TradeArabia News Service