Actemium upgrades instrumentation and control system in Le Havre

Two Actemium companies have completely overhauled the instrumentation and control system of Société Havraise de Manutention de Produits Pétroliers (SHMPP), a company that specialises, among other things, in the refuelling of ships arriving at the port of Le Havre.

shmpp_texteSHMPP stores, receives and transports oil products (gas oil, fuel oil and liquid sulphur) by pipeline or ship. It appointed two companies from Actemium, the VINCI Energies industrial processes brand, to upgrade its instrumentation and control system and its control room (which involved extending the building).

Complementary expertise, from the control system through to the automation systems

« We coordinated operations and carried out the automation systems. Extensive work was undertaken in close cooperation with the client, covering design, development and programming », explains Ludovic Tiercelin, project manager at Actemium. One of the aims was to streamline information so as to display the data needed by the operator in a more effective, coherent and clear manner, enabling operations to be conducted safely and comfortably.

The two Actemium companies developed the supervisory control application and redeveloped the automation system programmes that handle the data acquisition. The central units of the automatic controllers were replaced, and a new programming system, offering better scalability and long-term viability of the systems, was implemented.

« We took charge of the supervisory aspect by installing, for the first time, the new graphical interface of the industrial process control system software package that we designed », says Antoine Dupont, project manager at Actemium. « Our works package also includes revamping two weighbridges, with which the supervisory control system communicates for truck loading operations. »

A turnkey renovation project, from the instrumentation and control system to the building

Actemium also handled the renovation of the control room and the building extension: « This was the most delicate part of the project to manage since the site is in use 24/7 », explains Ludovic Tiercelin. « To ensure continuity of service, we moved the existing control installations into the extension built to accommodate, over time, toilets and a waiting room for drivers. We renovated the section that was initially the control room, from the furnishings and floors right through to the wiring. Once the renovation was complete, we switched the installations back, implemented the new instrumentation and control system, and process control system, and lastly finalised the works in the newly created extension ».

The site is innovative in a number of ways. For example, it is possible to remotely manage the instrumentation and control system in a secure manner and to receive information sent by the systems on on-call phones. "So it's an exceptional showcase for Actemium", concludes Ludovic Tiercelin.