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Emerson to Digitally Automate China's Largest Integrated Refining/Petrochemical Facility
Wednesday August 1, 10:44 am ET

Company to Install its PlantWeb Architecture at $3.5 Billion Project in Fujian Province

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, today announced that the company has been selected to digitally automate the Fujian Refining and Ethylene Joint Venture Project in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. It is the largest integrated refining and petrochemicals project ever undertaken in China. Project startup is expected by 2009.

Emerson completed front-end engineering and design in September 2006, and is proceeding with project management, engineering, integration, testing, commissioning and other site services, with work being done out of its Pudong, Shanghai, facility.

In addition, Emerson will serve as the Main Instrument and Controls Contractor (MICC) on the project, and will install its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture. The PlantWeb installation will include eight DeltaV(TM) digital automation systems, AMS(TM) Device Manager software, safety instrumented system (SIS), fire and gas systems, Rosemount® pressure and temperature transmitters, plus Fisher® digital valve controllers, all utilizing FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus, HART®, OPC and Modbus communication technologies, and delivering information to a real-time database.

"Emerson's goal is to design a reliable, advanced instrument and control system to assure safe, stable, and long-term quality operations while maximizing the profitability of the company," said Hongye Hu, MICC manager, Fujian Refinery. "Emerson has proven technologies and a proven track record in China. Emerson's local resources and the support of its global resources help to mitigate and minimize risks for owners."

Emerson's PlantWeb digital automation solution will network intelligent field devices and sensors throughout the facilities, collecting and reporting real-time predictive data about the process and instruments and equipment. Operators and maintenance personnel will use this predictive data to optimize performance and to anticipate issues, and correct them before operations are interrupted or shut down. PlantWeb digital architecture is based on an open systems approach that keeps pace with new technologies, enabling customers to preserve the capital investment in their control system. PlantWeb also makes it possible to lower startup and commissioning costs by reducing wiring costs and streamlining device installation, communications verification, and troubleshooting.

The Fujian Refining and Ethylene Project is a joint venture by Fujian Petrochemical Company Limited (a 50/50 venture between Sinopec and Fujian Province) (50%), ExxonMobil China Petroleum and Petrochemical Company Limited (25%) and Saudi Aramco Sino Company Limited (25%). The project will expand the existing refinery at Quanzhou, Fujian Province from 80,000 barrels-per-day to 240,000 barrels-per-day. The upgraded refinery will primarily refine and process sour Arabian crude.

In addition, new petrochemical facilities will be constructed, including an 800,000 tons-per-year ethylene steam cracker, an 800,000 tons-per-year polyethylene unit, a 400,000 tons-per-year polypropylene unit, and an aromatics complex to produce 700,000 tons-per-year of paraxylene. A 300,000 tons crude berth and associated utilities will also be built.

Sinopec is China's largest producer and marketer of oil products (wholesale and retail gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel). Sinopec is also China's largest supplier of major petrochemical products (intermediates, synthetic resin, synthetic fiber, synthetic rubber, fertilizer), and China's second largest crude oil producer.

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include PlantWeb®, DeltaV(TM), Ovation®, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Mobrey®, Daniel®, Bristol®, and AMS(TM) Suite.

About Emerson

Emerson, based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2006 were $20.1 billion.

PlantWeb, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Daniel, Bristol, Mobrey, DeltaV, Ovation, and AMS are marks of Emerson Process Management. Other marks are property of their respective owners.

Source: Emerson Process Management

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