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.
PV Gas supplies natural gas to generate nearly 40 percent of the nation's electricity, and local production accounts for more than 55 percent 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 percent per year through 2020, according to IHS.
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., Ltd 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. This unified approach will be critical to help the project start up quickly and meet operational and business readiness goals.
Honeywell UOP's modular process equipment efficiently delivers technology to treat and process natural gas, and can be shipped easily to remote locations. Plant modules are assembled quickly, significantly reducing construction time and expense, and enhancing reliability after startup. For multiple units, the standardized design simplifies training, operations and maintenance due to common parts, skid and installation layouts, and spares. Watch a video on Honeywell UOP modular gas processing solutions.
Honeywell UOP also offers a full suite of related technologies to remove contaminants from raw natural gas streams, to purify hydrogen used in refineries, and equipment including Callidus flares. The company has supplied technology to more than 3,600 individual units in a broad range of applications throughout the world. It also supplies modular equipment to the global oil refining and petrochemical industries.