Metso valves and control systems for major containerboard project in Poland

Metso has received an important automation order for the new Stora Enso Narew Sp.zo.o containerboard production line at Ostroleka in Poland. The production line will produce 455.000 tonnes of light-weighted testliner per year. The EUR 285 million investment project is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Metso´s delivery scope includes the MetsoDNA Automation System, the Process Info Management System, the latest Web Inspection technology – integrated with high speed Web Break Analysis system, control and on/off-valves as well as consistency transmitters and other field instruments. The main shipments will take place during the third quarter of 2012.

“We are very pleased about this extensive automation order and privileged to continue working with the professional Stora Enso Narew team after the successful power plant project implementation,” says Ari Pinjamaa, Regional Vice President, Metso.

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Honeywell Experion enables remote operation of Statoil Valemon

Honeywell has been selected by Statoil, the international energy company headquartered in Norway, to deploy its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and Honeywell Distributed System Architecture (DSA) at Statoil’s Valemon platform in the North Sea. The DSA will allow Honeywell to integrate Experion with Statoil’s existing Kvitebjørn platform to enable remote command of the facility, aiming to reduce overall costs and lowering the risks associated with resource recovery.

The Valemon field is located 160 kilometres west of the Norwegian coast and is one of Statoil’s largest development projects. The site contains recoverable reserves of 26 billion cubic metres of gas and five million cubic metres of condensate, which equates to over 1 percent of Norway’s gas reserves.

Honeywell’s Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) means work can be continuously controlled and the safety of subsea and topside operations monitored without the need for personnel on site. The entire operation can be operated remotely from the existing Kvitebjørn platform. Honeywell’s technology reduces the investments needed to achieve the goal of an unmanned platform as minor additional equipment and minimum engineering is required. The DSA will minimize production costs and increase safety for Statoil personnel, as well as reduce the risk of otherwise duplicated ICSS databases becoming inconsistent over time.

Guantak Park, purchasing manager, Samsung Heavy Industries, said: “We selected Honeywell because of the ability of their Process Knowledge System to seamlessly integrate with existing technology. The proven robustness and functionality of Experion PKS gives us the ability to source solutions to maximise productivity safely and at low cost, and will positively impact our competitive position.”

Orhan Genis, vice president, sales, Honeywell Process Solutions, EMEA, commented: “The use of Honeywell DSA and PKS technologies at Valemon demonstrates the industry’s recent step forward in resource recovery. The ability to work remotely is opening up the possibility of extracting large untapped reserves in locations, such as the deep North Sea, that were previously too difficult, distant or dangerous to reach, while also helping to drive down costs and increase efficiency.”

With production planned to begin in 2014, the gas extracted from the Valemon field will be sent via existing pipelines to supply European gas consumers. Samsung Heavy Industries is acting as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the project.

Passenger vehicle for ATEX Zone 2 operations

 

The first protected passenger transit vehicle to meet the Oil and Gas industry’s ATEX Zone 2 standard for operation in hazardous and explosive environments has been produced bySupacat, the Devon, UK, based specialist vehicle and engineering company.

 

The Protected Transit Vehicle (PTV) will be operated by Agip ENI for transporting work crews between facilities on the man-made offshore island, Complex D, which has been created in the Experimental Phase of the Kashagan oil field development in the North Caspian Sea. The PTV is based upon a 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter adapted for safe use in exploration and extraction operations in the harsh environment and extreme weather conditions experienced in Kazakhstan. The PTV is fully ATEX Zone 2 compliant thereby providing the user with the utmost confidence and the employer with the requisite regulatory compliance and on-site safety.

 

This week Supacat delivered the first PTV. In 2009 Agip KCO awarded Supacat a GBP 4.5 million contract for a fleet of seven PTVs, marking Supacat’s entry into the Oil and Gas sector where its experience in all-terrain military vehicles and hostile environment engineering are applicable to the sector’s specialist transportation requirements.

 

Nick Ames, Managing Director of Supacat commented, “Supacat is geared to this type of bespoke, low rate production contract; but as a UK MoD prime contractor we have the engineering skills and management systems to handle the complex compliance procedures also demanded by the Oil & Gas sector”.

 

The PTV occupants are protected from explosive hydrocarbons as well as toxic “sour gas” using an integrated Gas Detection System. Through constant hazardous gas monitoring, filtration and an over-pressured interior, the PTV creates a safe working environment. The PTV’s non-incendiary protection includes a water-cooled exhaust and turbo system and full electrostatic protection against sparks.

 

When the PTV detects a hazardous gas it initiates an evacuation sequence that disables the engine, ventilation system and all non-ATEX rated equipment. Simultaneously, visual and audible alarms inform both the occupants and surrounding personnel of the threat. The residual over-pressure and sealed interior provide protection from toxic gas ingress to allow the crew time to don evacuation breathing apparatus.

 

Designed for use in challenging environmental conditions, the fully insulated PTV is capable of operating in extreme temperatures whilst maintaining a habitable environment for the occupants.