Honeywell And KIPIC Extend Contract To Safeguard Cybersecurity In Kuwait

Aug. 17, 2020
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company chooses Honeywell Forge cybersecurity software for Al Zour Complex.

KIPIC Al Zour Complex

Honeywell and Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) extend their strategic collaboration, signing a five-year, multi-million-dollar contract for services to protect, maintain and optimize operations at the Al Zour refinery and liquefied natural gas import (LNGI) terminal in southern Kuwait, according to the company. The contract will deploy the Honeywell Forge software platform, which features cybersecurity capabilities. The implementation will reportedly bolster network and endpoint security at KIPIC’s new 615,000 barrel per day crude refining plant and three trillion British thermal unit per day LNG import facility. Honeywell Assurance 360, an outcome-based, performance-focused service management program, will also be implemented at the sites.

To better secure critical operational technology (OT) assets and operations from evolving cybersecurity threats, KIPIC will use Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity Software to safeguard cybersecurity performance and increase the visibility of vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and improve cybersecurity compliance and management efficiency, according to Honeywell. This will include the creation of cybersecurity policies and procedures, audits and assessments of enterprise processes and assets and training programs to help ensure 360-degree cybersecurity protection.

Under the terms of the Assurance 360 service agreement, Honeywell will work with KIPIC to maintain, support and optimize the performance of its facilities while maximizing uptime and reducing operating costs. The multi-year strategic agreement will reportedly help ensure automation assets are kept secure and reliable, while providing KIPIC with predictive maintenance and performance insights.

In 2019, KIPIC selected Honeywell as the main automation contractor for its Petrochemicals and Refinery Integration Al Zour Project (PRIZe). Under the agreement, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) provides KIPIC with front-end engineering design and advanced process control technology for the complex. Also last year, KIPIC selected Honeywell UOP for the reconfiguration of refining and petrochemicals sections of PRIZe to increase the plant’s output capacity of fuels and petrochemicals. Honeywell has been in Kuwait for more than 50 years, according to the company.

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