The Chevron Phillips Chemical and QatarEnergy joint venture will use the Plantweb digital ecosystem to optimise operations and reduce emissions


Golden Triangle is a world-scale integrated polymer facility on the Texas Gulf Coast. (Credit: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC)

Technology firm Emerson has been chosen to supply its automation technologies, software and analytics from its Plantweb digital ecosystem for the Golden Triangle Polymers Project in Texas, US.

Golden Triangle is an integrated polymer facility on the Texas Gulf Coast.

It is being developed as a joint venture between Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and an indirect subsidiary of QatarEnergy.

Under the supply agreement, Emerson will provide integrated process control and safety systems that make use of advanced predictive technologies to lessen operational complexity and lower project risk.

To achieve this, the firm will use its DeltaV distributed control and safety instrumented systems, and Rosemount gas analyser and chromatograph solutions.

The project will also use Emerson’s Mimic and AspenTech HYSYS simulation software for operator training, energy management, safety analysis and operational optimisation.

Additionally, the employees may better monitor and maintain safety, alarms, and the control system with the aid of Emerson’s AgileOps operations management software and alarm management services.

Emerson Americas president Ron Martin said: “The Golden Triangle Polymers Project and the recently announced Ras Laffan Petrochemical Complex in Qatar are among the world’s largest ethane crackers, both leveraging Emerson’s digital automation technologies, software and expertise to promote safer, smarter and more sustainable operations.

“We are proud to support Chevron Phillips Chemical’s and QatarEnergy’s track record of building world-class, optimised facilities.”

Expected to be operational in 2026, the total installed expenditure of the project is expected to be $8.5bn.

The project aims to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% than comparable facilities in the US and Europe. It is designed using the latest technologies for GHG emissions reduction.

Located in Orange, Texas, the project consists of a 2,080KTA ethane cracker as well as two 1,000KTA high-density polyethylene units.

Polyethylene is used for durable items and essential packaging to safeguard food and maintain the sterility of medical supplies.