Mustang wins ConocoPhillips DCS modernization project

June 1, 2009

HOUSTON - Mustang, part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), has been awarded a contract by ConocoPhillips for a distributed control system (DCS) modernization project at its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, Calif. The project scope includes the re-instrumentation and upgrade of existing control systems for crude and coker units and the supply of a coke drum interlock system. Mustang is also responsible for the integration and fabrication of two remote instrument enclosures (RIE) to house the control system equipment.

Additionally, Mustang’s Process Plants business unit was awarded a contract by D-Cōk for the front-end loading (FEL) engineering services to study the addition of coke drum bottom unheading devices at the refinery. D-Cōk, a subsidiary of Triten Corporation, is providing project management services to develop a scope and cost estimate for the delayed coker upgrade project. The proposed upgrade includes automating the coke drum unheading process, a batch process that involves ‘unheading’ or opening the coke drum to remove the accumulated coke, a byproduct of converting oil into gasoline and other refined products. The upgrade would also have the benefit of reducing cycle time-related operating costs.

Mustang has executed numerous automation projects at this refinery, including the last three DCS modernization projects and two projects for new grass root units. This project is the continuation of the refinery’s multi-year modernization plan. Since 2004, Mustang has completed automation projects at five other ConocoPhillips U.S. refineries.