IPS wins automation upgrade project

Invensys Process Systems (IPS) has won a major contract to upgrade control and automation systems at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and regasification plant near Barcelona, Spain.

The Barcelona Terminal site, is one of three such facilities run by Enagas, Spain's leading natural gas transportation, regasification and storage company. Enagas currently has more than 7,600km of high-pressure gas pipelines in Spain, plus two other regasification plants and one underground natural gas storage facility.

Under the terms of the contract, IPS will upgrade the site from an existing Metso DCS Max1+ to its Foxboro I/A Series(r) technology and

InFusion enterprise control system. The company will also supply Fieldbus Foundation digital technology, GPS and sequence-of-events technology, four operator stations, two servers, an engineering station, a Historian server, a Hart station and one remote operation substation.

"One of our biggest challenges was to carry out the project without a shutdown so that Enagas could continue to meet contractual commitments to their electricity-generating customers," said Victor Martinez, IPS client sales executive.

Barcelona Regasification Terminal currently has six LNG storage tanks, two with 150,000m3 of capacity, two with 80,000m3 and two with 40.000m3. Factory acceptance testing of the new systems began in July, prior to full start up in December 2008. IPS systems and solutions now cover the entire regasification and storage sites at Barcelona Terminal, and the company is in negotiations with Enagas to provide an operator training simulation system for a new grassroots terminal being planned for the north of Spain.

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