Emerson gets metering systems contract for Indian refinery

Nov. 26, 2007

Houston, November 26 — Emerson Process Management announced today that it has received a contract of US$ 19M to supply metering systems to Reliance Petroleum Limited (RPL), a new refinery venture of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), a Fortune Global 500 company. 

Reliance Petroleum Limited is set to make history by constructing a greenfield petroleum refinery and polypropylene plant at a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Jamnagar in India. SEZ business zones in India streamline business establishment and promote export by providing a quality infrastructure. The new export refinery will be adjacent to its existing refinery and petrochemical complex, forming the largest refining complex in the world.

The crude oil imported and the refined hydrocarbons being delivered through marine pipeline facilities will lay the foundation for the supplies of the finished petroleum product from SEZ. This ambitious infrastructure development project will have a positive lasting impact on India’s refining capacity.

Among the many challenges Reliance is undertaking, the large custody transfer metering systems to be used on this refinery project are one of the most critical components. According to the contract, Emerson will engineer and deliver the multi-run, high-performance oil and gas metering systems. High-integrity custody transfer measurement is required for fiscal accounting and taxation purposes.  

“We are delighted to be entrusted with the vital fiscal metering responsibility for this major refining and petrochemical project of Reliance Petroleum Limited,” said Mike Train, president of Emerson Process Management, Asia-Pacific.  “This major project will have us supplying oil and gas metering systems that play a key role in insuring that the project is a financial success by providing accurate fiscal measurement.” 

The Daniel Model 3804 Liquid Ultrasonic Meter will be used to determine “fiscal transfers” of all petroleum products, ranging from heavy crude to light hydrocarbon processed for the export market. The metering system will be implemented for the first time in India on such a large scale.

Oil-metering systems and computing panels form the core of the entire measurement system. The proper integration of these devices to the flow computer is essential for proper accounting and net fiscalization of the measured oil. The quantity and quality of the products consumed or sold from the new facility is precisely known. The flow computers, complete with the latest algorithms and software, allow for a fully automated system. All the flow computer measurement data is accessible over the Ethernet to provide up-linked system redundancy at multiple levels. In addition, the system is designed to provide flow measurement hardware redundancy with the design of multiple meter runs.

Emerson was also granted another systems order to measure “allocation transfers” between the export refining complex and the existing plant for taxation purposes.  These allocation systems are designed to measure refinery intermediates ranging from low lubricity hydrocarbons to heavy intermediates. They will also employ Daniel Model 3804 Liquid Ultrasonic flow meters for volume measurement and Micro Motion Coriolis flow meters for mass measurement points.

In addition to the Daniel Liquid Ultrasonic flow meter, Compact Prover and Micro Motion Coriolis flow and density meter, the sixty-seven Emerson metering systems are composed of the S600 flow computer, Fisher control valves and FIELDVUE digital valve controllers, Rosemount pressure and temperature transmitters, and Asco solenoid valves. Both the fiscal and allocation metering systems will be assembled at Emerson’s ISO-certified, state-of-the-art Daniel facility in Singapore.