Kipic awards cybersecurity contract

MEED    19 June 2020 (Last Updated June 19th, 2020 09:47)

Kipic awards cybersecurity contract

The five-year contract was awarded by Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (Kipic) to Honeywell

US-based Honeywell and Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (Kipic) have signed a five-year, multimillion-dollar contract for services to protect, maintain and optimise operations at Al-Zour refinery and liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in southern Kuwait.

Honeywell has yet to reveal the exact value of the contract.

The contract involves the deployment of Honeywell Forge, a performance-management software platform with cybersecurity capabilities.

The implementation will improve network and endpoint security at Kipic’s new 615,000 barrel per day (b/d) oil refinery and three trillion British thermal unit per day (btu/d) LNG import facility.

Honeywell Assurance 360, a service-management programme, will also be implemented at the sites, according to a statement released by the company.

The company’s acting CEO Hatem Al-Awadi said: “Ensuring the highest levels of cybersecurity and operational excellence remains a top priority for Kipic.”

Performance optimisation

According to the terms of the new deal, Honeywell will work with Kipic to maintain, support and optimise the performance of its facilities.

In its statement, Honeywell said: “The multi-year strategic agreement will help ensure automation assets are kept secure and reliable while providing Kipic with predictive maintenance and performance insights designed to help meet and exceed production goals and manage total cost of ownership.”

In 2019, Kipic selected Honeywell to be the main automation contractor for the Petrochemicals and Refinery Integration Al-Zour (PRIZe) project.

According to the agreement, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) is providing Kipic with front-end engineering and design (feed) and advanced process control technology for the complex, which will help Kipic expedite production start-up and assist in reaching production targets more quickly and efficiently.

Last year, Kipic also selected Honeywell UOP for the reconfiguration of refining and petrochemicals sections of PRIZe to increase the plant’s output capacity of fuels and petrochemicals.

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