Qatargas selected Emerson Process Management to equip its mega trains with the latest digital automation technology to enable these plants to operate as efficient, reliable, and safe as possible. Emerson’s PlantWeb digital architecture networks with its DeltaV digital automation system and more than 10,000 intelligent field devices. The digital field devices continuously run real-time monitoring and diagnostics on virtually every aspect of the production process as well as storage. Emerson’s predictive maintenance software alerts operations and maintenance personnel when issues are detected, enabling prompt correction before they affect plant operations.
In addition, deployment of Emerson’s Smart Wireless technology, linking its intelligent field devices to the control system without wires, has helped Qatargas reduce commissioning time and installation costs. Emerson engineers are also providing asset management services, advanced skills training, and a comprehensive parts management program.
Qatargas is accessing Emerson’s global network of experts and manufacturing capabilities for this project. There are approximately 50 Emerson employees working on-site with Qatargas in Ras Laffan Industrial City to install and commission the process automation systems. Thousands of Emerson personnel on three continents (Europe, North America, and Asia) have been involved in developing the process management technologies, devices, and software programming to support the successful launch and operation of the Qatargas mega trains.
On April 6, 2009, Qatargas Operating Company will inaugurate the Qatargas 2 Project. This facility will be used to supply markets primarily in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia. Two other mega trains -- as part of the Qatargas 3 & 4 Projects -- are planned for startup before the end of the decade. All are fully equipped with Emerson process automation technologies.
With the help of Emerson, Qatargas is on its way to supplying greater quantities of a clean-burning fuel that provides an energy option for countries around the world and a better choice for the environment.