Honeywell to provide safety system for QAFAC

7073731063 df5f39cf04 zThe new control and safety system will reduce operating costs of methanol. (Image source: ThinkGeoEnergy/Flickr) Honeywell has been awarded a contract by Qatar Fuel Additives Company (QAFAC) for the supply of a control and safety system

The new system will help QAFAC’s Mesaieed Industrial City plant, 50km south of Doha, reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies for the production of methanol and methyl tertiary butylether (MTBE) - a key gasoline additive replacing lead and reducing tailpipe emissions.

Nasser Al Kuwari, general manager of QAFAC, said, “This project will ensure we meet growing demand for methanol, MTBE and clean fuels efficiently, while achieving the highest levels of safety and environmental performance at our site.”

Honeywell said the integrated control and safety solution, including a new fire and gas system, will improve automation at the plant, increase cyber security and enhance operator effectiveness.

QAFAC is a joint venture (JV) between Industries Qatar, OPIC Middle East, LCY and IOL. It plans to become one of the top five international producers of methanol and butane derivatives by 2020. It is also due to commission an US$80mn carbon dioxide recovery project to capture 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide a day for re-injection into the production cycle.

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