Yokogawa in LNG project and Rovsing partnership

11 December 2008

The Linde Group has contracted Yokogawa, which has its UK base in Runcorn, to supply safety and automation systems, an order claimed to be worth NOK 8 million (£0.7 million).

Control and safety system for Norwegian LNG project
Control and safety system for Norwegian LNG project

The integrated control safety and analyser system, based on Centum VP, is headed for a new natural gas liquefaction plant at Risavika, Norway.

The order covers the supply of Yokogawa's recently introduced Centum VP Integrated Production Control System, ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System and an analyser system based on the GC1000 Mark II process gas chromatograph. Linde was awarded a contract for the turnkey construction of the plant by Skangass AS, a joint venture of the Norwegian utility Lyse Gass and the financial firm Celsius Invest.

The LNG facility has a capacity of 300,000 tonnes per year and will supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to industrial customers in Scandinavia and the Baltic region, starting in 2010. LNG from the facility is marketed and sold by Nordic LNG, a joint venture between Skangass and Norwegian shipping company, I.M. Skaugen.

‘We are delighted to have received this order from a major customer in the Nordic region', said John van der Geer, manager of Yokogawa's Norwegian operation.

The order is scheduled for completion in June 2009.

In separate news, Yokogawa claims its customers in the oil and gas industries are set to benefit from a partnership between Yokogawa Europe and Rovsing Dynamics. The companies have joined forces in a move that allows the Rovsing OPENpredictor solution, for machinery health prediction, to be offered as a part of Yokogawa’s VigilantPlant.

The co-operation covers solutions for offshore oil and gas production, FPSOs (floating production, storage and offloading vessels), downstream LNG production facilities, refineries and onshore gas compression stations.

The oil and gas industry faces the challenges of shorter reaction time to adapt to changing market demand and lack of skilled and experienced people. This increases the need for automated operation and maintenance solutions.

OPENpredictor condition monitoring solutions provide automated fault diagnostics and predict lead time to inspection for rotating machinery. Such business-critical information helps users to improve process uptime through minimised downtime of critical machinery, thus increasing revenue while reducing operational risk and cost.

VigilantPlant is Yokogawa's industrial automation based on the company’s Centum VP integrated production control system and PRM (Plant Resource Manager) plant asset management system.

With VigilantPlant, information from sub-systems is incorporated using common data transfer standards and presented via a user interface with integrated workflow management.

'The unique Rovsing Dynamics predictive and pro-active monitoring solution for mission-critical and capital-intensive equipment supplements Yokogawa's portfolio to improve customer asset availability', says Harry Hauptmeijer, president of Yokogawa Europe

Thea Larsen, CEO of Rovsing Dynamics, said: 'We can now meet customers' demands for one common solution from one supplier, with oil and gas producers benefiting from the combined strengths of our two companies’.

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