Yokogawa United Kingdom will supply an integrated control and safety system, together with a metering solution. The order includes the supply and installation of Yokogawa's flagship CENTUM® VP integrated production control system to control the gas compressors. Also included in the project is the ProSafe®-RS integrated safety instrumented system, which will contribute to ensuring process safety at the facility.
The Atwick gas storage facility comprises nine man-made salt cavities that have been leached into a salt layer 1.8 kilometres underground, creating around 325 million cubic meters of gas storage space. Gas is imported to the site and injected into the cavities for storage. When needed, the gas is then withdrawn from the cavities, dried, and exported to the National Transmission System. According to the British Geological Survey: "When compared to above ground storage tank facilities, underground gas storage provides the significantly greater and cheaper storage volumes required and, when carefully constructed and monitored, added levels of safety."
This contract is part of an SSE project to extend the life of the site and allow its use for both peak shaving and longer term storage by improving control, compression, and metering. It is the project's aim to ensure the viability of the asset's control systems and the commercial availability of the facility for the future by replacing the obsolete control systems with modern, maintainable, and supportable control and safety systems.
"This is a significant order win for Yokogawa," says David Clough, Sales Director at Yokogawa United Kingdom. "It was the quality of our products and their technical superiority, together with the experience and dedication of our engineers that were recognized by the customer. We are committed to achieve the project's aim, enhancement of the operational life, while maintaining safety."
Herman van den Berg, President, Yokogawa Europe B.V: "In Europe and North America, gas is often stored in underground facilities, and many projects for the construction and upgrade of such facilities are in the planning stage, spurred by such developments as the surge in shale gas production. Yokogawa is targeting the natural gas industry, and we believe that this project will allow us to gain further expertise in gas storage control and safety applications that we intend to share with the entire Group."
SSE is one of the UK's largest generators of electricity with over 13,000 MW of capacity (UK and Ireland) from the most diverse portfolio of power stations. It is the leading generator of electricity from renewable resources, with a total generation capacity of 3,200 MW. Through its renewable development division, SSE Renewables, it is involved in the development of new renewable energy projects covering wind, wave, tide, and hydro electricity.
Yokogawa's global network of 88 companies spans 55 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$4 billion company conducts cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa (yokogawa.com) is engaged in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food.
About Yokogawa United Kingdom Ltd
Yokogawa United Kingdom Ltd., part of the global Yokogawa Electric Corporation, is a supplier of enterprise technology solutions to the process, manufacturing and utility sectors. The company is a technology and market leader in instrumentation and control, and holds many key patents and national and international approvals. Yokogawa United Kingdom's offices are located in Runcorn and Aberdeen.
About Yokogawa Europe B.V.
The European headquarters of Yokogawa was founded in Amersfoort in the Netherlands in 1982. Throughout Europe and Africa Yokogawa has its own sales, service and engineering operations. This dedicated network has been extended to Central and East Europe and Africa to further enhance the coverage and support associated with serving the process control and automation marketplace. Yokogawa develops and produces flowmeters at Rota Yokogawa in Germany and liquid analyzers and industrial safety systems in the Netherlands. In addition to this dedicated network of Yokogawa subsidiaries, including Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V. and Yokogawa UK Ltd, a select organization of test & measurement (T&M) subsidiaries and distributors has been established in certain areas to support the specific customer needs of this continuously developing and specific market of T&M instrumentation.