Honeywell wins fieldbus project for Pearl GTL plant in Qatar

HONEYWELL HAS ANNOUNCED it received a contract from Qatar Shell GTL Ltd (Shell), an operating company of The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies, for work that will include a fieldbus solution, process automation and control for the world-scale Pearl GTL project in Qatar. Honeywell will provide ‘Front End Engineering Design’ (FEED) expertise for the Gas to Liquids (GTL) plant located at Ras Laffan in Qatar. 

“This is a strategic project for Honeywell and positions us as an important fieldbus provider in the Middle East,” said Jerry Walker, vice president global operations, Honeywell Process Solutions. “GTL is fast becoming a high-growth business and the Middle East is emerging as the center of the industry with Qatar in the lead.”

Honeywell’s scope of work includes process automation and control, asset management, fieldbus solutions, safety, fire and gas, and the specification for a multi-purpose dynamic simulator to be used for dynamic studies, engineering verifications and operator training.

According to Shell, Honeywell’s offering is an advanced and complete solution. The open system architecture is an ideal fit for a large, integrated plant application, such as the Pearl GTL facility.

In the early stages of the process, Honeywell, in consultation with Shell, developed a Shell Engineering Toolkit to meet the tender requirements. Honeywell will provide solutions that meet the standards of instrumentation engineering solutions powered by INtools. This will help Shell to reduce the costs of project delivery and long-term maintenance and support.

The Pearl GTL plant will produce 140,000 barrels of GTL products per day consisting primarily of naphtha and transport fuels with a smaller quantity of normal paraffins and lubricant base oils. Other associated upstream products in the form of condensate and LPG will also be produced at the plant. The project will be developed in two phases with the first phase operational towards the end of the decade. The second phase will be completed around one year later.

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