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Petrojam to upgrade refinery monitoring system

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Managing director of Petrojam Limited, Winston Watson. - File

Petrojam Limited is spending $100 million on an upgraded Distributed Control System (DCS) used to oversee the petroleum refining process remotely.

Petrojam Managing Director Winston Watson said the current system, the PPB 2.0, is nearly obsolete.

The way has been cleared for the upgrade with Cabinet's recent approval of a contract valued at US$922,346.81 ($99.6m) to Kingston-based engineering firm PowerGen Limited.

The existing control system utilises ABB Inc's patented 800F, S900 and Process Portal B (PPB 2.0) technology. It operates on a Windows XP/Server 2003 platform and "is nearing obsolescence or the end of its life cycle", said Watson.

"The project seeks to upgrade the control system to 800xA, which operates on a Windows 7/Server 2008 platform," he said.

PowerGen will provide the equipment, engineering, consulting, installation and commissioning services for the new 800xA system.

The DCS "allows operators to manipulate various temperatures, flows, levels and pressures in the refining process from a remote location", Watson said.

The system upgrade will not affect refining capacity, which is currently at 35,000 barrels per day, but will provide Petrojam "with a stable, current, modern, control system consistent with the latest technology and industrial standards", the refinery manager said.

Kingston-based Petrojam is Jamaica's only petroleum refinery and is jointly owned by PDVCaribe, a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.