ABB Awards Dow “Control Room Of The Year”

Nov. 13, 2015
Hydrocarbons Command Center at Oyster Creek, Texas is designed for operator effectiveness.

Dow awarded "Control Room of the Year"

ABB presents its annual “Control Room of the Year” Award to The Dow Chemical Company for the new Oyster Creek Hydrocarbons Command Center. The global award recognizes installations that best exemplify the modernized control room environment to actively promote operator effectiveness, safety and production efficiency through the innovative use of 800xA control technologies.

Dow’s Oyster Creek propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit will start up in late 2015 and is one of the units that will be controlled by the Hydrocarbons Command Center. The site is part of Dow’s larger Freeport, Texas operations.

The Hydrocarbons Command Center uses ABB’s System 800xA Process Automation System to control all facets of production at the plant. System 800xA integrates information from all systems in the plant and presents that information to the operators.  It also integrates and controls other plant systems and equipment, including electrical systems, variable speed drives, instrumentation and analyzers.

The new PDH unit at Dow Texas Operations is part of the company’s strategy to increase its ethylene and propylene production and connect its operations with low-cost feedstock opportunities available from increased supplies of U.S. shale gas. The site expands Dow’s High Melt Index (HMI) Affinity brand polymer franchise. The company will also expand its Elite polymer franchise for food packaging, hygiene & medical, and industrial and consumer packaging markets.

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