Honeywell awarded Sasol contract

April 2003 News

Honeywell Industry Solutions was awarded a contract by Foster Wheeler SA to supply and commission an integrated and networked process-control system and failsafe controller (FSC) safety system at Sasol's Midland site in Sasolburg, South Africa.

Honeywell was also awarded a contract from Sasol for Honeywell's enterprise buildings integrator (EBI), an integrated facility-management solution that allows core-building systems and enterprise processes to seamlessly interact and communicate. The improvements are expected to provide lower maintenance costs for an integrated process control/building system, as well as production-management and asset-management benefits.

"We are delighted that Sasol has placed its faith in Honeywell to help them integrate their process-control system at their Midland site in Sasolburg," said Brian Strauss, vice president and general manager of Honeywell's Industry Solutions energy business. "The project scope comprises an integrated solution on a scale never before achieved in South Africa. The Sasol plants rewrite the traditional rules of plant management while increasing plant productivity and reducing cost."

The Honeywell process-control system, together with the FSC, creates a unified system by integrating with other systems at the Sasol plant. EBI integrates key building systems such as fire and gas detection, CCTV, access control, and heating, ventilation, and airconditioning. Advanced system applications include Honeywell's uniformance plant history database, UserAlert, and asset-management software.

Sasol's Butanol plant at the Sasol Midland site in Sasolburg is the first phase of the Sasol solvents Butanol and Acrylates complex. The Butanol plant started commercial production during February 2003. The Acrylates facility is scheduled to start-up at the beginning of 2004.When complete, the complex will be one of the world's first fully integrated plants, with Honeywell control systems playing a key role throughout.

Both Honeywell contracts are part of the acrylic acid and acrylates (AAA) project, which is the second phase of the Sasol Solvents Butanol and Acrylates complex at the Midland factory. In addition, Honeywell's distributed system architecture (DSA) will provide secure information exchange between the AAA complex and the existing Butanol complex. DSA allows multiple control systems to operate as one - within a single plant, unit, or site - across the enterprise.

Sasol is a world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil.

For more information contact Roy Botha, Honeywell, 011 695 8005.

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