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Emerson Unveils Large China Project

Austin, Texas-based Emerson Process Management and China’s Secco Petrochemical Co. recently unveiled the details of a $2.7 billion, 10-plant ethylene cracker complex project in the Republic of China.

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Located in the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park about 30 miles from Shanghai, the complex will annually produce 900,000 tons of ethylene and more than 2 million tons of other related petrochemical products used in the plastics and synthetics industries. The ethylene cracker, Secco’s core plant in the complex, is the largest in China, as well as one of the largest in the world.

Secco used the engineering and project management expertise of Emerson to integrate and coordinate multiple suppliers, enabling completion of the complex—from bare ground to a fully functional world-class facility—in just 27 months, three months ahead of schedule. Startup of the ethylene cracker plant in March 2005 took just 10 hours, 45 minutes, a world record, according to Secco, for a project of this magnitude.

Emerson installed its PlantWeb digital architecture throughout the Secco complex, which contains 47,000 control loops, 40,000 instruments, and some 13,000 intelligent devices networked in the world’s largest Foundation Fieldbus installation, according to the companies. The integrated complex project has a world-class safety record, Secco said, with no major accidents and zero fatalities during construction, which included more than 50 million man-hours of labor.

Modesto Vazquez Coronel,

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