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Honeywell provides automation and information management systems to Gaz de France

Posted: 23 February 2005

New systems optimise productivity and safety on offshore platforms

Honeywell received an order from Gaz de France (GDF) Production Nederland B.V. for process automation and information management systems at two of the company’s new gas production platforms in the North Sea.

The Honeywell Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and the process information management system will connect the new standalone platforms with another GDF platform, facilitating communication and knowledge sharing, and enabling superior visibility into the company’s entire operations.

The Experion system will be delivered at the end of this year, and the two new platforms will begin production in July 2005. Delivery of the process information management system is slated for February 2005.

Honeywell will provide the new platforms with one redundant Experion PKS server with dual-screen operator stations, one redundant Experion C200 controller with Foundation Fieldbus, one redundant Fail Safe Control (FSC) emergency shutdown system, one redundant Fire and Gas system, marshalling cabinets, and all related software and hardware services. In addition, Honeywell will deliver a Uniformance PHD system at all of the Gaz de France offshore gas production platforms in the North Sea.

The Honeywell process information management system will store process-related information and production data originating from the different gas production platforms. Gas production reports will be generated automatically and sent to users at various on- and offshore sites. All related software activities, such as configuration, programming and commissioning are part of the project. On- and offshore operators will interface with the new system using Microsoft Internet Explorer through the Honeywell Production Control Center (PCC).

“An important feature of PCC is that it runs on our standard office PCs, using normal browser software,” said Paul Orzeske, vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Honeywell Process Solutions. “This helps to simplify Gaz de France processes and ultimately reduce their hardware, software and operator training costs. Gaz de France also can reduce maintenance costs because all offshore service visits for the distributed control, emergency shutdown, and process information management systems can be handled by Honeywell.”

Gaz de France is an integrated energy company specializing in the exploration, production, transportation and storage of natural gas.

Honeywell International is a $26 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

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Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry.

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