Ammonia Technology Alliance formed

17 April 2013

Yokogawa Electric Corporation and KBR have signed a technology alliance for a fertilizer automation package (FAP) that will form part of the ammonia process technology solutions offered by KBR to its customers.

Under the terms of this alliance, KBR will incorporate Yokogawa’s high value-added process control solutions in the FAP.

The fertiliser automation package will couple KBR’s ammonia process technology with Yokogawa’s process control systems knowledge to streamline work processes, standardise configurations, and simplify product interfaces.

Yokogawa will supply the CENTUM integrated production control system, the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system, and selected solution-based software.

KBR will provide know-how for the enhancement of the DCS configuration and advanced applications used in operation management, performance monitoring, advanced process control, operator training, and dynamic simulation at fertiliser plants.

The aim is to improve plant reliability, reduce energy, increase capacity and improve operator effectiveness in end-user fertiliser plants. Further consolidation of these functions will reduce lifecycle costs for plant control, automation and management systems.

“This alliance is consistent with KBR Technology’s growth strategy for our fertiliser business,” said John Derbyshire, president, KBR Technology. “We look forward to pursuing opportunities to apply the fertiliser package both in our new and numerous existing facilities worldwide.”

“Through our alliance with KBR, Yokogawa is demonstrating its long-term commitment to providing high quality and innovative technology to the ammonia and fertilizer industry,” said Satoru Kurosu, President, Yokogawa Electric International.

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