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January 18, 2018
ProSys, a global supplier of software and services, has been acquired by Emerson.ProSys' services and products increase production and safety for the chemical, oil and gas and refining industries. These solutions build intuitive processes for plant operators and make every process easier...

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ProSys, a global supplier of software and services, has been acquired by Emerson.

ProSys' services and products increase production and safety for the chemical, oil and gas and refining industries. These solutions build intuitive processes for plant operators and make every process easier.

Its portfolio includes solutions that help operators manager alarms critical to plant production and safety, and efficiently handle changing plant states. Additionally, ProSys provides high-performance and intuitive graphics for better operator communications.

Mike Train, executive president, Emerson Automation Solutions, says: 'Adding ProSys' differentiated technologies and expertise allows us to help our customers improve plant performance, safety and profitability by optimizing their human and automation resources. With ProSys, we can provide innovative control and operator performance capabilities to make control room operators far more effective.'

ProSys' software portfolio support's Emerson's Operational Certainty programme designed to help industrial companies achieve top quartile performance in areas of safety, reliability, and production.



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Technical News
January 9, 2018
CST Industries acquired by Solace Capital Partners
Solace Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on special situations investments has acquired CST Industries.CST Industries, the world's largest and leading tank and dome manufacturer, provides storage systems, complementary or independent cover products, proprietary coating and lining services, field installation, inspection, maintenance and retrofit proficiency, to a wide range of end markets...

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Solace Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on special situations investments has acquired CST Industries.

CST Industries, the world's largest and leading tank and dome manufacturer, provides storage systems, complementary or independent cover products, proprietary coating and lining services, field installation, inspection, maintenance and retrofit proficiency, to a wide range of end markets.

Christopher Brothers, managing partner at Solace, says: 'As global demand for storage tanks and covers increases, we believe CST is well positioned to leverage its scale, unique engineering and manufacturing experise, strong and growing order backlog and significantly strengthened balance sheet to meet the needs of its customers worldwide.'

Tim Carpenter, CEO of CST, adds: 'This is an exciting new chapter for our company. Over the past 18 months, we have made significant operational improvements across all facets of the business, enhancing our safety, quality, delivery, manufacturing proficiency, responsiveness and customer satisfaction.'



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Technical News
January 9, 2018
Alliance Tank Service (ATS) Group has bought Willbros Tank Services in a move to move to expand resources for steel tank construction and repair.The expanded company will operate as ATS Group and will have offices in Cushing, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Channelview, Texas...

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Alliance Tank Service (ATS) Group has bought Willbros Tank Services in a move to move to expand resources for steel tank construction and repair.

The expanded company will operate as ATS Group and will have offices in Cushing, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Channelview, Texas.

ATS president and CEO John Allcorn says: 'With the acquisition of Willbros Tank Services, we are excited to be able to offer our customers expanded resources for steel tank construction and tank repair.

'Combining Willbros' team with ATS', we'll be collectively stronger, safer, more reliable, and more responsive to customers. ATS' and Willbros' individual strengths will dovetail nicely and allow us to expand workflow and widen our geographical reach.'

Alliance Tank Service (ATS) is a turnkey tank service provider that offers aboveground storage tank construction, API 653 tank repairs, civil and structural engineering design, concrete foundation design, in-house drafting, cathodic protection, secondary containment, piping and consulting services.



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Technical News
October 23, 2017
Phillips 66 & Square Robot in JV over inspection robot
Phillips 66 is jointly developing an autonomous robot that can inspect storage tank floors while product remains in the tank.Jointly working with Square Robot, the companies are developing the untethered robot, which is currently being designed and is expected to be certified for use in a wide range of petroleum products...

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Phillips 66 is jointly developing an autonomous robot that can inspect storage tank floors while product remains in the tank.

Jointly working with Square Robot, the companies are developing the untethered robot, which is currently being designed and is expected to be certified for use in a wide range of petroleum products.

The robot is expected to enter service in mid-2018.

In order to examine tank bottoms, the structures are taken out of service to be drained, opened and cleaned. This robot will be able to automatically survey and map obstacles within a tank while it remains in service. This will create a specific route map allowing maximum coverage of the tank floor.

Using non-destructive testing data gathered, a certified inspector will produce a floor thickness map allowing for a more accurate prediction of a tank floor's remaining life.

Todd Denton, general manager, midstream operations, Phillips 66, says: 'Ensuring the integrity of our equipment is one of our top priorities and we are always looking for innovative new technologies to help us achieve this.

'Our collaboration with Square Robot presents a unique opportunity to develop technology that will enable us to maintain our equipment and minimise disruption to our customers.'



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Technical News
October 23, 2017
Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a greenfield fuel storage and distribution terminal contract in Mexico by Invex Infraestructura.Jacobs is expected to perform engineering services and support Invex with regulation compliance and safe and efficient execution...

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Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a greenfield fuel storage and distribution terminal contract in Mexico by Invex Infraestructura.

Jacobs is expected to perform engineering services and support Invex with regulation compliance and safe and efficient execution. The engineering phase will provide the basis for construction and operations of the strategic terminal.

Jacobs Petroleum and Chemicals senior vice president and general manager global operations Mark Bello, says: 'This project, which is expected to help boost confidence in fuel supply throughout the country, is fully in line with Jacobs' strategy and continued focus on developing storage terminal opportunities in Mexico and Latin America.

Jacobs provides technical, profession and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.



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Technical News
September 22, 2017
Linde Engineering Dresden, Linde AG, engineering division has awarded SA Fire Protection a contract for deluge skids at the Braskem La Porte Polypropylene Plant in Houston.SA Fire will provide engineering, design, manufacturing, testing, inspection, accessories for commissioning, start up and maintenance of the skids at the plant, which is set to become the largest polypropylene production line in North America by more than doubling annual production at the site...

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Linde Engineering Dresden, Linde AG, engineering division has awarded SA Fire Protection a contract for deluge skids at the Braskem La Porte Polypropylene Plant in Houston.

SA Fire will provide engineering, design, manufacturing, testing, inspection, accessories for commissioning, start up and maintenance of the skids at the plant, which is set to become the largest polypropylene production line in North America by more than doubling annual production at the site.

The skids will be equipped with UL listed electro-pneumatic deluge valves in nickel aluminium bronze manufactured by SA Fire with a special configuration trim to meet the high specification skid design.

The system design was developed to meet US regulations and to cope with local requirements. With the project engineering taking place in Cascina, Pisa and the manufacturing taking place at the factory in San Pier Niceto, SA Fire Protection will be taking advantage of its resources across two centres of excellence. The collaboration between Linde Engineering and SA Fire protection is a good fit as both companies have competencies in customised processes for the oil and gas industry. The project marks an important point as SA Fire further penetrates both the north European and the North American market.



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Technical News
August 31, 2017
New mobile platform utilises IoT technologies
Emerson has launched the DeltaV Mobile, a new platform that provides access to real-time data, trends and insights to facilitate better-informed, critical operations decisions.The mobile platform leverages Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and is part of the company's Plantweb digital ecosystem...

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Emerson has launched the DeltaV Mobile, a new platform that provides access to real-time data, trends and insights to facilitate better-informed, critical operations decisions.

The mobile platform leverages Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and is part of the company's Plantweb digital ecosystem. It fuses smartphone technology with process control data to make operational intelligence available 24/7 for industries including oil and gas operations, refineries, chemical plants, and life sciences facilities.

DeltaV Mobile removes the confines of the control room and enables the digital worker to monitor operations and see critical operational data when, how and where they want, without waiting for regular business hours, manual reports, or being tied to a computer.

By integrating seamlessly and securely with the DeltaV distributed control system, DeltaV Mobile delivers critical contextual data. With added context, DeltaV Mobile users can make better decisions around operational events that could affect bottom-line business results. Incorporating Emerson's Plantweb Secure First Mile technology, DeltaV Mobile provides safe, remote access to important plant data without impacting critical production systems.

'DeltaV Mobile is an important Industrial IoT tool to help companies make decisions faster and smarter,' says Jamie Froedge, president, process systems and solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions. 'Mobile intelligence will transform operational workflows and practices and drive collaboration across the enterprise, which helps customers reach top quartile performance.'



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Technical News
August 31, 2017
JA Envirotanks secured a £250,000 deal with IMAL to design and supply six vertical, cylindrical tanks.The tanks will be used to store isocyanates as part of an MDF manufacturing facility being built in Scotland.JA Envirotanks used advanced 3D simulation and design analysis to assess the mechanical stresses on the tanks...

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JA Envirotanks secured a £250,000 deal with IMAL to design and supply six vertical, cylindrical tanks.

The tanks will be used to store isocyanates as part of an MDF manufacturing facility being built in Scotland.

JA Envirotanks used advanced 3D simulation and design analysis to assess the mechanical stresses on the tanks.

These tests reveals the need to deploy higher grades of steel in the construction of the tanks than initially specified. The company was able to incorporate these design changes with minimal impact on the production timeframe and the tanks were delivered throughout June.

Neil Ferguson, director, JA Envirotanks, says: 'By combining new tools such as simulation with a history of craftsmanship and expertise, these projects are turned around quickly and cost-effectively, ensuring this part of the supply chain functions exactly as it should.'



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Technical News
June 1, 2017
Emerson brings TerminalManager solution to market
Emerson Automation Solutions has released a single software platform for managing all terminal operational and commercial activity.TerminalManager provides a platform to manage the entire terminal business process, helping operators streamline the loading processes, achieve greater connectivity to customer needs and close books faster...

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Emerson Automation Solutions has released a single software platform for managing all terminal operational and commercial activity.

TerminalManager provides a platform to manage the entire terminal business process, helping operators streamline the loading processes, achieve greater connectivity to customer needs and close books faster.

The next-generation solution helps operators manage the entire terminal business process by managing customer contracts and orders through a web based portal. It efficiently plans and executes loading operations, manages book and physical inventories, charging for services and billing activity back to the customer.

Pedro D'Ascola, general manager for Emerson's remote automation solutions business, says: 'With the release of TerminalManager, we continue to offer new ways for our customers to improve the efficiency of their operations, not just for loading and unloading operations but for the terminal business management process as well.

'TerminalManager is built not only to move products, but to efficiently move information, which optimises the order to cash cycle for the terminal and helps streamline the customer's supply chain logistics activities.'



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Technical News
June 1, 2017
Silverwing has launched Scorpion2, incorporating a range of improvements to its first remote-control ultrasonic crawler.The Scorpion has been successfully deployed for 10 years, however the company says that technical advances and increasing market demand required a complete technical redesign...

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Silverwing has launched Scorpion2, incorporating a range of improvements to its first remote-control ultrasonic crawler.

The Scorpion has been successfully deployed for 10 years, however the company says that technical advances and increasing market demand required a complete technical redesign.

Silverwing made improvements to the design and performance of the unit based on feedback from Scorpion's large user base.

Scorpion2 is approximately five times faster than its predecessor, measuring thickness at speeds of up to 150mm/s.

The key benefits of the new version include a dry-coupled probe well, which removes the need for an external water source, a gimballed probe holder for inspection on uneven surfaces and a 50 meter umbilical, which removes the need for scaffolding. Additionally, Scorpoion2 has the ability for users to programme the length and pattern of scans for more flexibility.

Scorpion2 has four permanent magnet drive wheels and two encoders, making it possible to compensate for the crawler's drift from slippage and the weight of the cable. It also has a significantly sleeker design, making it easier and faster to set up than the original Scorpion.

Edwin Van Der Leden, product manager for Scorpion2, says: 'We packaged technologically-advanced features into an easy-to-use system that delivers high-quality and reliable data. In doing so, we translated the customers' needs into a new product that will have a direct impact on their daily life.'



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Technical News
May 22, 2017
BT to provide network services to Varo
Varo has signed a contract with BT to connect 55 locations in Switzerland, Germany and the Benelux countries.Varo requires seamless and reliable connectivity between its oil distribution terminals, refineries, storage locations, data centres and office sites...

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Varo has signed a contract with BT to connect 55 locations in Switzerland, Germany and the Benelux countries.

Varo requires seamless and reliable connectivity between its oil distribution terminals, refineries, storage locations, data centres and office sites. This also includes video surveillance at a number of sites.

BT has designed a resilient hybrid network, combining its IP Connect network with high performance internet connectivity. Each site will be connected using two separate lines to achieve a high degree of resiliency against failure.

David Newton, CIO at Varo, says: 'By migrating the network to a single supplier, we will simplify the management of our operations. The new, harmonised network will also give us more agility and provide a solid platform from which we can launch new services fuelling our growth.'



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Technical News
May 8, 2017
SA Fire Protection awarded upgrade project
Oiltanking Amsterdam has selected SA Fire Protection for 15 foam manifold skids as part of an upgrade of its fire-fighting system.The project is due to be completed by the end of August 2018 and all practices and activities will be carried out at SA Fire's factory in San Pier Niceto, Italy...

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Oiltanking Amsterdam has selected SA Fire Protection for 15 foam manifold skids as part of an upgrade of its fire-fighting system.

The project is due to be completed by the end of August 2018 and all practices and activities will be carried out at SA Fire's factory in San Pier Niceto, Italy.

The company will be responsible for the DCS installation and pre-commissioning of the fire panel, which will be interconnected with the instruments inside the foam housing. SA Fire will carry out in-house full functional tests on the whole installation using a hydraulic laboratory in SPN to measure flow rate, pressure and to verify the operation of the deluges valves. It will also test the foam proportioning equipment in order to validate the complete functionality under real conditions before the foam manifold skids leave the factory.

Oiltanking Amsterdam has 1.6 million m3 and is connected to Schiphol airport via a 20 kilometre pipeline.

In a statement SA Fire says: 'This project confirms the strong position of SA Fire Protection as manufacturer of reliable fire-fighting systems for large scale international oil terminal operators. In line with the company's future plans in the north European market, SA Fire will increase its presence across the region for the supply of fire suppression systems for terminal operators and refineries.'



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Technical News
February 23, 2017
Multiprocessor gantry terminal now available
Flow metering in oil industries has a long and established history both for flow meters and indicating devices.The indicating device has undergone a significant change over the last few years, from the original mechanical indication to the electronic register, flow computer up to automation and data handling integration...

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Flow metering in oil industries has a long and established history both for flow meters and indicating devices.

The indicating device has undergone a significant change over the last few years, from the original mechanical indication to the electronic register, flow computer up to automation and data handling integration.

Isoil remains a part of this established history, starting from a mechanical register, moving to the first explosion proof register and batch controller in the 1980s before producing the VegaII.

Now the company is bringing Vega3, with multiprocessor modular architecture, to the market.

The concept behind the product is to create one device that can be applied throughout terminal applications, from a single meter on pipeline up to multiple arms on a loading bay including blending and additives.

Thanks to advances in current technology it was possible to develop a multiprocessor system that become a single virtual instrument with a single human machine interface independently by the number of devices connected.

Vega3 is designed by a single microprocessor card dedicated to a double metering line with a dedicated hi-speed network capability to be connected to other microprocessor cards. Thanks to an advanced operating system, all microprocessors are networked to become a single 'virtual machine'. This means all data can be viewed by operators and external devices, including computers for control rooms and data systems, as a single machine.

Vega3 incorporates maintenance and operational knowledge from a single pipeline to the most complex multiple arms, blending and additive loading bays.

The flat compact case allows for easy installation, a large number of connections and cost savings in extra cabling and junction boxes. It also has a dedicated case for each group of two meters. A large interconnecting box is not necessary as the connection between the module is made via an Ethernet cable.



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Technical News
November 11, 2016
Mott MacDonald to build new Iraq oil terminal
Mott MacDonald has secured a contract to construct a new oil terminal in Iraqi Kurdistan.The company was appointed by Qaiwan Group to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for the next Xarajyan terminal, which will handle petroleum products including petrol, diesel, aviation turbine fuel, kerosene, fuel oil and LPG...

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Mott MacDonald has secured a contract to construct a new oil terminal in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The company was appointed by Qaiwan Group to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for the next Xarajyan terminal, which will handle petroleum products including petrol, diesel, aviation turbine fuel, kerosene, fuel oil and LPG.

Mott MacDonald will design the first phase of the 140,800 m3 storage terminal, auxiliary utilities and infrastructure facilities at Xarajyan. The consultancy will also provide interface and procurement engineering services and will assist with pre-fabrication, construction and assembly engineering. Construction management will be delivered through a separate contract.

Albert Allan, MD of Mott MacDonald's oil and gas business, says: 'The new Xarajyan oil terminal will provide much needed storage capacity for petroleum products, help meet local demand and potentially support the transfer of products to Turkey.'

The terminal is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2018.



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Technical News
June 27, 2016
Pin Oak executes contract for 2 million barrel tank storage capacity
Pin Oak Holdings has embarked on an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build more than two million barrels of tank storage capacity.The contract with Smith Tank & Sons has an option for more capacity to be operational by mid-2017...

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Pin Oak Holdings has embarked on an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build more than two million barrels of tank storage capacity.

The contract with Smith Tank & Sons has an option for more capacity to be operational by mid-2017.

Pin Oak is constructing tanks to meet its customer contracts which initially include petroleum, gasoline blendstock, ethanol, VGO and fuel oil. The terminal will be able to add additional product types a new contracts are executed. Pin Oak is capable of handling more than 10 million barrels of product.

Mike Reed, CEO of Pin Oak, says: 'Our tank designs will offer many service options to our customers and ensures that Pin Oak will maintain a strong competitive advantage over its competitors.'



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