Honeywell has won a $2.4M project to deliver a full automation solution for Petrocity’s Greenfield Konza terminal storage facility 60km southeast of Nairobi, Kenya. The project includes comprehensive solutions for the pipeline receipt system, tank farm, truck loading system, and terminal automation, through Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and Terminal Manager. It also includes all industrial security, emergency shutdown (ESD) and fire & gas (F&G) systems.

The new terminal facility is situated on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway and will cater for Nairobi’s growing demand for fuel, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of the country’s oil consumption. It will have a capacity to handle 120 million litres of gasoline, diesel and kerosene, enough stock to fuel Nairobi for up to two months, with infrastructure for product receipt, storage and distribution. Equipped with high-accuracy measurement instruments and approved for custody transfer applications, the Petrocity project will also increase availability of petroleum products to new entrants and independent dealers in Kenya who have limited access to truck loading facilities in the area.

“Honeywell’s solution offers end-to-end integration to give us a global overview of the entire facility and ensure we meet best practice in safety,” says Aman Kurji, managing director of Petrocity Energy. “Once completed, it will be among the most technologically advanced storage terminals in Africa.”

“Projections of long-term economic growth in Kenya continue to fuel a steady increase in demand for petroleum products throughout the country, but particularly in Nairobi,” says Chris Dartnell, vice president and general manager of strategic geographies at Honeywell Process Solutions. “The new Konza storage facility will play a significant role in the development of Kenya’s petroleum industry in this area and the Honeywell technology the heart of it will ensure safe, reliable and efficient operations for many years to come.”

The scope of the project includes automated procedures for product receipt, stock allocation, accounting and dispatch; field solutions for accurate measurement to ensure safe and reliable stock tracking throughout the terminal; and CCTV integrated into both the building management system and process control system for improved process visibility. The platform will also provide online access for more than 100 of the terminal’s customers at a time, enabling them to access details and track their product through web visualisation. As an independent terminal operator, Petrocity will service fuel traders throughout Kenya and in neighbouring Uganda.

Honeywell Process Solutions will deliver all services associated with the project from the initial Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study, front-end and detailed engineering to on-site commissioning and support services with a resident engineer.