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Emerson wins contract to digitally automate major BP chemical facility in China

Austin, TX Emerson Process Management has won a contract to digitally automate BP's Purified Terephthalic Acid (P...

Austin, TX Emerson Process Management has won a contract to digitally automate BP’s Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) plant expansion in Zhuhai, China.

Emerson will engineer and manage the automation project, using the company’s PlantWeb digital architecture with Foundation fieldbus technology for process control and data management.

As the main instrument vendor, Emerson will be responsible for the detailed design, including the engineering design, and implementation of the new digital architecture. From Emerson’s Chemical Center of Excellence in Pudong, Shanghai, Emerson experts will plan and manage the automation portion of the project, including integrating Emerson’s PlantWeb digital architecture with its advanced control, safety and Asset Optimization technologies.

Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture delivers operational excellence in plants by networking smart devices throughout, enabling optimum control while continuously gathering diagnostics data that is used for Asset Optimization, including predictive maintenance. Personnel use the data to correct equipment and process issues before they can interrupt production.


Within PlantWeb architecture, Emerson’s Asset Optimization will center on the company’s AMS Suite predictive maintenance software, including AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager, Asset Portal, Machinery Manager, Optimizer, and Performance Monitor.

The contract includes engineering and configuration of approximately 3,000 device signal tags, control and safety systems, and integration of an existing control system. The open and highly integrated architecture will use OPC (OLE for Process Control) technology. On-site services include a variety of operator/user training classes, as well as commissioning and start-up assistance

BP is one of the world’s largest oil, gas and petrochemical companies with operations in over 100 countries. BP has been operating in China since the early 1970s and has invested over $4.2 billion in commercial projects. Its activities in China include the production and importation of natural gas, supply of aviation fuel, import and marketing of LPG, fuels retailing, lubricants blending and sales, petrochemical manufacturing and solar electric facilities. BP employs over 3,700 staff in China. For more information about BP China, please visit

Emerson Process Management (, an Emerson business, helps businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. For more information on Emerson, based in St. Louis, Mo., visit