Projects

Below you will find a variety of project features, showcasing Proconics' versatility and agility on project execution.

 

ESD & DCS Replacement Project

 

The Problem

  • Replace redundant equipment into brownfields plant

  • Ensuring adherence to the latest standards and specifications. 

  • Limited existing space available for re-utilization

  • Extremely small shutdown window available for the installation phase

The Client performed the Front-end loading design of the project and Proconics was appointed to execute the Detail design, as well as Construction and Installation support.

The challenges faced were to keep some existing equipment and replace redundant
equipment, while ensuring that all new standards and specifications are adhered to.


Due to limited space, re-utilization of existing space was imperative.


Furthermore, this plant was a common-plant to numerous other areas, which led to a very strict installation timeframe, with no room for schedule lags of any kind.

Project Highlights

  • Create Approved for Construction Design

  • Specify scope for procurement and construction installations

  • Performing and managing the installation, construction, and operational testing, before hand-over to client.

​Project Value

US$ 2.6m
 

Project Duration

1.5 Years
 

Control & Instrumentation I/O

1200
 

Our Project Team
2 x C&I Engineers
1 x Electrical Engineer
5 Designers

 

Partners

Honeywell

The Solution

  • First-of-a-kind Honeywell RLSUS installation in plant

  • Good risk and time planning, as well as management 

  • Ensuring clear communications with all roleplayers involved

Due to the Rack room floor space constraints, the installation of the Honeywell RLSUS (Remote IO) system was installed, which was a first-of-its-kind installation in this area.


Proper risk and time management led to the successful execution of this schedule sensitive project.
 

As the project progressed, the client was so impressed with Proconics’ efficiency and services, that additional scope, such as construction work and other engineering discipline scope, was added to the original works.

ESD Replacement Project

 

The Problem

  • Outdated technology

  • Investigate whether the current install base conforms to IEC 61511/61508

  • The budget was under pressure

  • High-quality services still required

There was outdated technology in the client's plant and the mandate was to establish from a functional safety perspective, whether the current install base of the switchgear and installed instruments in the plant still conforms to IEC 61511/61508 when replaced by a Honeywell Safety System.


The shortcomings identified were captured as part of a Front-End loading exercise.

Due to scope creep, the budget was under pressure, and efficient work ethics had to be applied while still maintaining very high quality and compliance to the client and international specifications.

Project Highlights

  • Functional safety investigation to be completed

  • Current switchgear and instrument install base to be evaluated against IEC 61511/61508 standards

  • Alignment to be reached between Honeywell Safety system and IEC specifications

​Project Value

US$ 18.5m
 

Project Duration

7 Years
 

Control & Instrumentation I/O

15 000
 

Our Project Team
50 x C&I Engineers
Electrical Engineers
Designers

 

Partners

Honeywell

The Solution

  • Functional safety investigations

  • Numerous first-of-a-kind installations following from these investigations.

  • Control system migrations, using automated exports

  • Software engineering

  • Factory Acceptance checks

  • Loop checks upon final installation

  • End of job documentation

The shortcomings identified during the FEED phase were rectified to provide the client with a design that complies with the functional safety requirements, together with the necessary sign-offs for the SIL Calculations.
 

Proconics' system engineers have a deep history and experience in all generations of Honeywell technology. Many "first of a
kind" solutions were implemented during the project to give effect to the requirements demanded during the functional safety investigations.

 

Over the last 25 years, Proconics has developed a suite of efficiency and automation tools to reduce the manhours
and cost of control system migrations. using automated exports and software data-integrity checks reduces effort and improves accuracy. These tools have been
implemented across the project phases, from software engineering, detailed design, FAT checks, field installation, E&I interfacing, commissioning, loop checks, and end of job documentation.

Coal Tar Filtration FEED

 

The Problem

  • Quality of health had to be improved for the workers in the plant

  • Restricted access to the plant for information gathering

The purpose of this FEED project was to improve the quality of health for the workers in the specific plant. The Client utilized Linde to provide a new filtration process in order to address these issues.
 

The solution was to build a new process into an existing plant. Proconics was called in to assist, due to their knowledge of the existing plant and expertise in interfacing new equipment into existing infrastructure.
 

Furthermore, restricted access had to be maintained on-site, which made the assessment of the existing equipment challenging and time-consuming. 

Project Highlights

  • Building a new process into an existing operating plant

​Project Value

US$ 600k
 

Project Duration

1 Year
 

Control & Instrumentation I/O

1 000
 

Our Project Team
2 x C&I Engineers
2 x Electrical Engineers
3 x Junior Engineers

Partners

Linde

Sub-contractors

Honeywell

The Solution

  • Integration design between the new and existing equipment

  • Optimization of existing system footprint

  • Making use of a 3D model, in order to reduce exposure to hazards while collecting existing infrastructure information

Proconics compiled the Control and Instrumentation Systems specifications, as well as Electrical design requirements for the Detail design project.

 

The overall focus was the integration designs between the new and existing equipment.
 

Proconics had to be creative in optimizing the existing system footprint, enabling space for new equipment, as well as further additions.
 

Due to the time and health constraints w.r.t. entering the area to obtain information, Proconics made use of a 3D model, in order to minimize site access as far as possible. Proconics also managed the Honeywell system engineering for-and-on behalf of Linde.

Oryx Stability Project

 

The Problem

  • a Young Running plant (for 4 years) with still an enormous amount of trips

  • 1 000-point concerns hitlist

The plant was running for around 4 years,
but still had an enormous amount of trips.
Trips were costing $450mil.pa in lost production.


Proconics was called in to come and assist in identifying the challenges and guide towards solutions.

The scope started with a hit list of 1000 issues provided by the client.

Project Highlights

  • Sending a team of well-seasoned commissioning experts

  • Incorporating best-practices guidelines and procedures 

​Project Value

US$ 1.8m
 

Project Duration

9 months
 

Client's concerns hitlist

1 000
 

Our Project Team
A total team of 30 Engineers;

on average 7 per rotation basis

 

Client

Oryx GTL, Qatar

Partners

AMT, Ireland (Process Partners)

The Solution

  • Building a trust relationship with the operators

  • Being part of the team - humble, interdependent, vulnerable, positive 

  • Utilising best practices from ASM guidelines, as well as fault-finding processes and procedures (logging and tracking), and alarm prioritization

Proconics sent a group of well-seasoned commissioning experts, in order to start addressing the Client’s hitlist.
 

Firstly the hitlist concerns were prioritized from highest importance and most difficult to sort out, to easiest. Easy issues could be resolved by implementing ASM guidelines, rectifying system coding issues, and addressing human errors.


The 263 outstanding issues that could not be addressed as part of the immediate troubleshooting were formalized into individual project scope documents.


Proconics has a reputation for being a relational company. Therefore, when the team looked at the sizable amount of human errors, they realized that operators in the plant were scared to ask questions when faced with uncertainties.

The team convinced the operators that Proconics was there to assist and teamwork is imperative to solve the challenges.
 

By utilizing best practices and incorporating processes and procedures on fault-finding, report tracking, and alarm prioritization, the team enabled the operators to understand and manage their
plant in an efficient and safe manner.

Jindal Plant Project

 

The Problem

  • Functional testing and auditing of the client's DCS and ESD systems in various units.

The client initially requested SAT (Site Acceptance Testing) and functional testing assistance on their Gasification unit, consisting of approximately 14 500 I/O Honeywell DCS EPKS C300 as well as Honeywell SM ESD.

After initial site auditing assistance was conducted, the client felt it imperative to execute similar auditing on their Ash, Gas Cooling, Tar Separation, Rectisol, Sulphur, and Phenosolvan units as well.

Numerous functional safety and equipment application issues were identified and rectified.

Project Highlights

  • Sending a team of well-seasoned commissioning experts

  • Incorporating best-practices guidelines and procedures 

​Project Value

US$ 1.1m
 

Project Duration

3 Years
 

Client's concerns hitlist

1 000
 

Our Project Team
A total team of 5 Engineers;

Client

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.
India, Angul, Orissa

 

Partners

Honeywell South Africa

The Solution

  • In-house configuration typicals

  • Closing the loop on intent and practical implementation

The teams were split into field and rack room work. The plant was divided into three sections.


The client’s problems were addressed by finding innovative ways to solve operational problems.  Proconics was consulted for their current plant knowledge of a similar GTL facility, with specifics to Gasification, Inside/Outside Ash, Rectisol, Phenosolvan, and Sulphur, with the Rectisol Puregas as end of pipe.

 

Furthermore, in-house configuration typicals and testing procedures, as well as ensuring that the design basis and requirements with the supporting documents are correlated contribute to the success in finalizing SAT.