News | April 13, 2022

Honeywell Drives Digitalization Via Automation For Petroleum Development Oman To Satisfy Growing Industry Demand

  • PDO extends life of critical plant assets through timely Honeywell technology upgrades
  • Benefits include reduced risk of unplanned downtime and increased production throughput

Honeywell today announced that Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is deploying a wide range of technologies to modernize and standardize the control system architecture of its Government Gas Plant (GGP) in northern Oman. The plant modernization delivers sustainable and efficient gas processing operations that help PDO satisfy increasing demand for gas across the country.

Honeywell Process Solutions is utilizing a suite if solutions to upgrade the GGP’S supervisory control center. The scope of the overall technology upgrade includes moving all High-Performance Process Manager(HPM) controllers to a more efficient and sophisticated controller, the C300 and replacing the Fail Safe Controller (FSC) with Safety Manager. This changeover was completed while keeping the same input and output modules. The project also focuses on transitioning the plant’s supervisory control level to the latest Experion PKS R511 software release, coupled with a refresh of workstation, server and network platforms. PDO is also implementing the Honeywell Trace solution for better monitoring of critical control assets. The result is a standardized system architecture with advanced control capabilities.

A phased approach to the project minimized disruptions to normal plant operations and ensured efficient execution of the various steps. Overall, PDO has seen a spectrum of benefits including consistent gas quality, reduced risk of unplanned downtime and enhanced lifecycle planning capabilities. The transformation is being achieved while protecting PDO’s valuable intellectual property – a key project objective.

“Our ability to meet gas demand across the Sultanate rests on our ability to process and produce it effectively and that requires modern control architecture,” said Ahmed Al Harrasi, senior control & automation leader for gas assets, PDO. “We selected Honeywell for this strategic undertaking because of its deep knowledge of our business and its track record of success across the sector. From being able to extend the life of critical assets to reduced project execution risk, we’re delighted with the results.”

“Due to ageing systems and support issues, our customers can face significant risk and unplanned downtime,” said Pramesh Maheshwari, vice president and general manager, Lifecycle Solutions and Services, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Leveraging automation capabilities by upgrading to new technology while optimizing current investments is key to success. That’s the approach we’ve taken with PDO, and we’re excited to lead them through their digitalization journey.”

PDO is the leading exploration and production company in the Sultanate of Oman.

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Source: Honeywell International Inc.