PHOENIX -- Honeywell today announced that it has signed a global five-year agreement to be a main automation contractor (MAC) for Shell. The global framework agreement (GFA) is part of Shell's long-term MAC strategy to maximize production while lowering total operating costs by equipping its worldwide facilities with integrated process automation technology.
As a MAC, Honeywell will design automation and safety systems that will help Shell meet its customers' energy demands in economically and environmentally responsible ways. For more than three decades, Honeywell has served as a MAC on hundreds of Shell projects. Currently, Honeywell is working on three of Shell's largest projects: its new gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar, the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) designed to help Shell dramatically increase production in Western Canada's oil sands, and the expansion of its Port Arthur Refinery.
"Honeywell's performance in helping us execute these highly complex projects was one factor in selecting the company for this work," said Ronaldo Marques, Shell's Enterprise Group Categories Manager Equipment. "This agreement allows us to provide consistent global delivery of the highest-quality technology with best-in-class strategic support at sites around the world."
Norm Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell Process Solutions, said, "More and more, our clients want our early engagement and to design integrated process automation systems from the ground up because it's a smart strategy for protecting an asset's long-term viability and the business' profitability. Shell recognizes this opportunity, and this MAC agreement is a proactive step in maximizing its global production while providing a technological path forward as needs change."