Darwin bio-diesel plant managed by a Yokogawa DCS

The production processes at Natural Fuels Australia Ltd’s (NFAL) new bio-diesel plant in Darwin will be monitored and managed by a Yokogawa Distributed Control System

The plant is located at the East Arm Port, next to the city’s new Industry Fuel Terminal. The capacity is 120,000 tonnes per year of bio-diesel fuel and 12,000 tpy of medical-grade pharmaglycerine, produced from palm oil imported from Malaysia.

The plant makes use of a CENTUM CS300R3 DCS to monitor all production and process management data generated by a series of specialist field instruments installed throughout the plant.

The Centum system is designed to handle everything from small-scale facilities to the very largest of plants. It features a range of sophisticated functions and components to meet all production site requirements and, using the latest technologies, allows for full interconnectivity of each production level.

“We had no hesitation going with Yokogawa for the DCS,” said Klaus Altrieth, Lurgi Pacific’s E&I Project Engineer. “For more than 20 years, on projects such as HISMELT Kwinana and Western Mining Fertilisers, Mt Isa, they have been a reliable engineering partner in establishing greenfield projects as well as for retrofit jobs. ”

Yokogawa WA System Sales Manager Rob Bush said the NFAL project has proven the versatility of the CS3000 DCS.