Emerson Awarded $27 Million Contract to Automate $2.6 Billion Long Lake Oil Sands Project in Canada

Aug. 13, 2004
The Long Lake Oil Sands Extraction Project, 200 miles north of Edmonton, Alberta, is a joint venture by Canadian companies OPTI Canada Inc. and Nexen Inc. It will be the oil and gas industry's first project to combine an oil sands extraction facility that recovers and dilutes bitumen with a field upgrader that processes the bitumen into synthetic crude. The operation will result in the production of approximately 60,000 barrels per day of synthetic crude within three years. The joint venture's adoption of  PlantWeb digital architecture to deliver process automation and asset optimization was, according to OPTI and Nexen spokespersons, a key factor in reducing the total project automation budget to $91 million from the original $152 million estimate, which was based on traditional control and systems technology. Emerson's smart safety instrumented system (SIS) will enable the Long Lake Project to use digital intelligence to maximize plant and personnel safety.