A Business Full of Energy: Fluid Management for China's Petrochecial–Boom
Ji is proud of the 13-member project team, to which Song Zhaoming also belongs. “Many applications are easy to get your head around. But when it involves heavy oil or chemicals, you need experience in order to select the right valves, pumps and other components,” says Ji. “Our automation solutions incorporate not only our measurement instrument know-how, but also a lot of process expertise and knowledge of our customers’ applications.”
Accumulated Know-How for Fluid Mangement
The know-how accumulated by Endress+Hauser is also exploited north of Shanghai, where the Yangtze River flows into the East China Sea. The soaring towers of two coal-fired power plants dominate the silhouette of the Shidongkou port. In the adjoining neighborhood the Shanghai Shidongkou Coal Gas Manufacturing Company operates a transshipment facility.
The government-owned company stores fuel for customers on a contract basis. With a dock that juts out far into the bay, the facility can service ships with a capacity of up to 30,000 tonnes. Five enormous, bright-red loading arms are responsible for loading and unloading: four for oil and one for liquid gas. The 15 white storage tanks at the rear of the site boast a capacity of 10,000 cubic meters each. Rounding off the facility are six tanker truck terminal bays that act as the starting point for transporting the fuel via China’s roads.
“We automated the whole plant,” explains Song Zhaoming. “Endress+Hauser systems control the loading and unloading of the ships and trucks and manage the entire tank farm.” A process control system from Rockwell Automation operates in the background. The entire tank and terminal automation system is integrated in the company’s enterprise software. “That increases efficiency,” adds the project engineer.