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Honeywell to supply liquefied petroleum gas processing plant to Vietnam

Honeywell will supply a 250 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) modular gas processing plant and advanced automation systems to PetroVietnam subsidiary PV Gas.

PV Gas, Vietnam’s primary gas provider, will use Honeywell UOP’s modular gas processing plant to separate liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from natural gas at its Ca Mau facility near the southern tip of Vietnam.

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) will serve as the integrated main automation contractor (I-MAC) and supply the integrated controls and safety systems for the facility and terminal.

PV Gas’s total capital investment for the project is approximately $498 million (€457m).

PV Gas supplies natural gas to generate nearly 40% of the nation's electricity, and local production accounts for more than 55% of Vietnam’s domestic demand for LPG.

The Honeywell UOP modular plant will separate LPG, a compressed mix of propane and butane, from natural gas.

LPG is used as a fuel for heating and transportation, and to manufacture plastics and synthetic rubber.

Globally, LPG consumption is growing rapidly due to its versatility, low carbon emissions, and energy efficiency.

Within Asia, LPG demand is expected to grow at about 8.5% per year through 2020, according to IHS.

“Honeywell’s modular gas plant and advanced automation controls offer a high recovery liquid efficiency, increasing the production of valuable products from natural gas,” said Huynh Quang Hai, general manager of Ca Mau Gas Processing Plant’s management board.

The factory-built modular gas plant will be installed on site and is expected to begin production in 2017.

The consortium of Posco Engineering Co. and PetroVietnam Technical Services Co. is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the project.

As the I-MAC, Honeywell will provide the front-end engineering and design (FEED) to design, deliver, and install the automation, instrumentation, controls, safety, and security for the gas processing units as well as for the terminal operations.

Honeywell’s automation technologies that will be deployed by PV Gas include the Experion Process Knowledge System, LEAP project execution services, Smartline field transmitters, and SmartRadar FlexLine radar tank gauge.

PetroVietnam is a state-owned company with many subsidiaries that operate in the oil and gas industries, from exploration and production, to storage, processing, transportation and distribution.

The company is responsible for the country’s oil and gas resources, acting as the primary operator and regulator.