Digital transformation to increase biofuel production

29 April 2021

Emerson has been selected to support Neste’s digital transformation of its expanded refinery in Singapore with automation systems and software to help deliver high-performance, efficient operations that support its plans to increase production by up to 1.3 million tons per annum by 2023.

Neste is a producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel from renewable waste and residue raw materials. 

At the end of 2018, the company made a strategic decision to expand its production facility. On top of its existing 1.3 million tons annual production capacity of renewable diesel, the expanded refinery will have additional capacity to produce up to 1 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable raw materials for polymers and chemicals.

To ensure the project is on time and on budget, Emerson is working with Neste to incorporate its Project Certainty methodology for successful capital project execution. Emerson will help Neste complete automation system implementation smoothly to bring the expanded refinery on-line by 2023. Cloud engineering capabilities enable global engineering teams to collaborate remotely to optimise project designs and accelerate project schedules. Smart Commissioning software automates device commissioning, enabling faster, smoother start-up of the production.

“By incorporating a digital foundation, advanced analytics and mobile collaboration capabilities into its expanded refinery’s operations starting from its construction phase, Neste is well positioned for long-term operational excellence,” said Ron Martin, president for Emerson’s process systems and solutions business.

Neste will apply Emerson’s DeltaV automation system and software to control production for efficient performance and to deliver on-demand remote access to data and analytics. Emerson’s advanced systems, software, analytics and mobility tools – part of its Plantweb digital ecosystem – establish the foundation to digitally transform operations by turning relevant data into new operational insights and actionable information that empower better decision-making.

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