Suriname refinery expansion progresses

Staatsolie, the state oil company of Suriname, has let a services-related contract to Honeywell as part of a major expansion and efficiency project to double crude capacity at the Tout Lui Faut refining complex, about 12 miles south of Suriname’s capital city of Paramaribo (OGJ Online, Sept. 9, 2009).

As part of the contract, Honeywell will provide the refinery its manufacturing execution system (MES) to help the plant better manage its production, operations, and process visualization, according to a Jan. 21 release from Honeywell.

“With the Honeywell MES solution, our refinery expects to achieve significantly improved operational readiness,” according to Rudolf Elias, Staatsolie’s project and acting director for refining and marketing.

Once completed, Staatsolie’s expansion project—which began in February 2012 and was designed to reduce the country’s dependence on imported fuel products—will more than double the refinery’s capacity to 15,000 b/d from a current 7,000 b/d to produce high-quality diesel, gasoline and fuel oil (OGJ Online, July 28, 2011).

Commissioning of the expanded refinery, originally slated for 2013, now is scheduled for October 2014, according to Staatsolie and Honeywell.

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