Kalundborg, Denmark Honeywell has announced a contract to supply StatoilHydro, one of the worlds largest oil and gas companies, with a plant process simulator and operator training system that will be used at the companys Kalundborg Refinery in Denmark.
The new simulator will be developed using Honeywells UniSim simulation technology and is being installed in three phases, with final delivery planned for the end of 2009. StatoilHydro will use the simulator to train new plant operators and provide refresher courses and self-training modules. The simulator will also be used as a design, development and implementation platform for advanced process control in order to improve operational efficiency at Kaludborg.
Honeywell will also supply tools that allow process and system data to be imported into the simulator, thereby supporting alignment with any future configuration changes at the refinery.
We selected Honeywell because their process simulator provided us with the features we were looking for, and because it was easy to integrate and maintain with our existing control system, said Torben Ravn Andersen, project manager, StatoilHydro. Operator training is very important to us, as there is a direct correlation between skill set and operational safety. Better training provides better operators that give safer, more secure and stable plant operation. At the end of the day, improving our operators skills sets benefits the overall efficiency and output of the plant.