Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) has contracted Emerson’s Process Management unit for the automation of its $9.4 billion ‘Horizon’ oil sands development in Alberta. The first phase of the Horizon project will allow CNRL to produce 110,000 barrels per day. Later phases of the project will raise total production to 232,000 barrels per day upon completion in 2012.
Bob Wing, project coordinator at CNRL, said, ‘Risk mitigation was a primary concern of the Horizon project team. We chose the PlantWeb architecture based on Emerson’s experience in oil sands projects and global engineering expertise. Emerson project members will join our Automation Integration Team to concentrate our ten process areas into a single control room.’
EnCana Corp. also awarded Emerson a contract for a PlantWeb deployment on its Steeprock natural gas processing plant in BC. Steeprock will process 190 MMSCFD of raw gas. PlantWeb was selected in part because of its ‘smart’ safety instrumented system technologies and for the predictive nature of the basic control system.
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