Emerson to supply digital control valves at olefin plant in Taiwan

AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 25, 2006) – Emerson Process Management is fulfilling a contract received from Formosa Petrochemical for Fisher digital valves to be installed at olefin OL3 plant in Mai Liao, Taiwan. OL3 is reportedly the largest ethylene plant in the world, capable of a full production capacity of 1,100,000 tons per year.

Emerson will supply 1150 Fisher control valves with the Fisher FieldVue digital valve controllers. The anti-surge valve, a 24x42-in FBT with an optimized anti-surge actuation system to stroke the valve with 23-7/8-in travel within 2 seconds, will be supplied.

The use of Fisher digital valves in critical applications, and in the maintenance of the plant, will reportedly help to address Formosa’s concerns in meeting both local governmental and international regulations on the environment, and will enable predictive monitoring of the processes and digital valve performance, supporting proactive maintenance that addresses problems before they become issues affecting plant performance.

Costs of unscheduled shutdowns arising from outages, equipment wear and tear, and process variability will reportedly be pre-empted with diagnostics, thereby delivering optimum operational excellence and profitability improvement. 

The FPC group is reported to have plans to increase its production capacity by 11 percent to 540,000 BPD by end of 2006, primarily to meet the growing demands coming from India and China.

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