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Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced it has signed a Master Service Agreement with ZeoGas LLC, a development-stage energy company focused on refining the production of gasoline, to serve as the Main Electrical and Automation Contractor (MEC/MAC) for ZeoGas’ North American oil and gas facilities.
Leveraging Schneider Electric’s electrical distribution and automation technologies for use in future ZeoGas facilities, this agreement builds on a recent collaboration between the two companies to design and engineer ZeoGas’ first plant in North America. As ZeoGas’ MEC/MAC collaboration partner, Schneider Electric will work closely with ZeoGas’ owner’s engineer, Audubon Engineering, and with its EPC collaboration partner, Amec Foster Wheeler USA Corporation (AMEC: LN), to assist in process automation and power systems related engineering.
The relationship will include project management, automation and control architecture, electrical distribution design, procurement support services and commodity and power-related data generation and analysis in support of ZeoGas’ commercial agreements, environmental permits, operations and maintenance strategy development, while supporting training, program development and other early activities.
“Our master services agreement with ZeoGas enables us to more easily deliver best in breed electrical distribution and automation controls hardware and systems. Leveraging our expertise in startup design, engineering and commissioning, we will provide ZeoGas with safer, more reliable, sustainable and efficient plants and facilities,” said Andy Bennett, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure, Schneider Electric. “Growing our relationship allows us to better serve ZeoGas with new services that add innovation at every level of their operation to increase value and ROI.”
A milestone for Schneider Electric and ZeoGas
The Master Service Agreement represents a major milestone for Schneider Electric and ZeoGas’ relationship, building on the collaboration on ZeoGas’ first North American facility. Schneider Electric will design and engineer process automation and electrical distribution for the plant. Once the plant is built, Schneider Electric will perform all start-up and commissioning services for the process automation and electrical distribution systems.
“Working with Schneider Electric over the last year has proven their value as a strategic partner well beyond just an electrical and automation supplier,” said Timothy D. Belton, Chief Executive Officer, ZeoGas. “Their analysis and insights have helped us shape the evaluation of alternative sites and even the commercial development of our initial project, which has galvanized our confidence in the ability of ZeoGas and its partners to execute construction on time and on budget."
For the conversion of natural gas into ultra-low sulfur gasoline, ZeoGas has licensed the technology combining Air Liquide’s Lurgi MegaMethanol™ technology and ExxonMobil’s methanol to gasoline (MTG) technology. ZeoGas will use these technologies to manufacture RON 92, zero-sulfur, ultra-low benzene gasoline.
For more information please visit: www.schneider-electric.com