ABB to bring reliable power supply to the largest petrochemical plant in the Philippines

JG Summit Petrochemical selects ABB for automation and electrification for its expansion project to be completed in phases from mid-2019 to mid-2020.

ABB has won an order from JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation, a subsidiary of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., to supply electrical and process power management systems for its petrochemical expansion project. The project will increase cracker production of ethylene by 50% to 480,000 tpa and propylene by 26% to 240,000 tpa. The new bimodal polyethylene plant will reach a capacity of 250,000 tpa and the capacity of the existing polypropylene plant will be upgraded to 300,000 tpa from current 190,000 tpa.

ABB will design, engineer, manufacture, and supply a complete plant electrification system for the proposed expansion. The scope of supply includes 69kV high voltage air-insulated switchgear, UniGear medium-voltage switchgear, MNS low-voltage switchgear, power and distribution transformers, a capacitor bank, soft starter, IS-limiters and a process power management system. This software-based solution seamlessly integrates with ABB AbilityTM 800xA process and electrical control systems to ensure a reliable and stable electricity supply.

“It’s great news that JG Summit Petrochemical has chosen ABB as its partner for this important project,” said Zeng Tao, ABB’s Singapore Hub Business Unit Manager. “Our extensive experience in global deliveries for petrochemical plants will hold us in good stead to deliver a robust and reliable solution for this plant.”

The expansion will require a sophisticated electrical network solution due to the inter-meshing of power systems from the existing plant and the new extension. This creates a higher risk for high short-circuit currents. ABB’s IS-limiters, an advanced fault current limiter solution, is being introduced to provide effective protection and limit the fault currents during the first rise within less than a quarter cycle.

To further increase the reliability and efficiency of the plant, ABB’s process power management system, using ABB AbilityTM 800xA*, is being implemented to provide control and monitoring of the complete electrical network. Its inherent predictive and intelligent multi-layer fast load shedding application provides prevention against power disruption, ensuring a stable power source.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

ABB Ability™ System 800xA

ABB AbilityTM System 800xA is not only a DCS (Distributed Control System), it’s also an Electrical Control System, a Safety system and a collaboration enabler with the capacity to improve engineering efficiency, operator performance and asset utilization. ABB AbilityTM is ABB’s unified, cross-industry digital offering.

About JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation

JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation is part of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., the largest and most diversified conglomerate in Philippines, with interests in air transportation, telecommunications, banking, food, power and property, in addition to its petrochemicals investments.

Incorporated in 1994, the petrochemical facilities are located in a 250-hectare fully integrated, world-class manufacturing complex in Batangas City, 120 km south of Manila. The complex houses the Philippine’s first and only Naphtha Cracker Plant, and also the largest polyolefins manufacturing facility in the country, with current capacities of 320 ktpa of polyethylene and 190 ktpa of polypropylene, before expansion.


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