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Honeywell launches gas testing facility in Abu Dhabi


Honeywell has opened a testing facility in the Mussafah industrial zone of Abu Dhabi that will enable Honeywell and third-party engineers to test systems destined for the Shah sour gas field development

The new centre will allow Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company (Al Hosn Gas), who is developing the field, to conduct testing of Honeywell’s control system hardware and software destined for the Shah Gas project. 

"The new Customer Acceptance Centre provides a state-of-the-art facility that will enable thorough testing of the systems we have purchased from Honeywell," said Al Hosn Gas chief executive officer Saif Al Ghafli.

Honeywell Process Solutions is the main automation contractor for the Shah Gas Development Project, providing operation, control, monitoring and full protection of the gas field through its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and Safety Manager technologies.

The facility will be able to hold more than 1,500 control system cabinets and can house multiple Engineering Procurement Contractors (EPC) and end user teams who can test the systems, which once completed will be shipped to the site for commissioning.

Pre-Factory Acceptance Testing (Pre-FAT) will be conducted by the Honeywell team. After this, Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Integrated Factory Acceptance Testing (I-FAT) will be conducted with the Engineering and Procurement Contractors (Saipem, Samsung and TR) and Al Hosn Gas.

The Abu Dhabi centre is Honeywell's largest testing facility in the region and covers an area of 5,500 sqm.

“It will complement our five existing Customer Acceptance Centres that we operate in the UAE and the Saudi Arabia. In addition, we are working on establishing new Customer Acceptance Centres in Oman and Egypt,” added Honeywell Process Solutions Middle East sales director Mansour Belhadj.

The Shah Sour Gas Field is being jointly developed between Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC and Occidental Petroleum under a joint venture Al Hosn Gas. The project is set to be completed in 2014.