Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology and consulting services, has signed a $12.4m contract to upgrade and modernize a distributed control system (DCS) for Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas (MLNG).

The major upgrade will provide a continuously current DCS, sustain the productivity and safety of MLNG’s liquid natural gas operations in Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. The project is expected to be completed by 2014.

The current contract calls for upgrading all of MLNG’s existing distributed control systems to Invensys Operations Management’s Foxboro I/A Series CP270 models.

Invensys claims that the CP270 DCS provides twice the capacity and three times the performance of older controllers, improving cost effectiveness in demanding environments. This newer Foxboro series are fault tolerant and perform regulatory, logic, timing and sequential control, as well as data acquisition, alarm detection and notification.

Medan Abdullah, managing director of MLNG, said: “LNG trading volume is projected to significantly increase during the next 10 years as countries worldwide aggressively adopt it as a more environmentally friendly energy resource and as industrializing nations continue to demand reliable access to it.

“We need a scalable, new-generation DCS to help us to sustain our role as a major LNG player, as well as reduce costs and help us maintain the safety and integrity of our operations. This upgrade will extend the life of our plant control system, equip us with the necessary gateway for future technology enhancements and enable us to achieve safety and productivity excellence.”

Along with the Foxboro I/A Series DCS, MLNG also uses Invensys’ field instruments and advanced applications, such as the company’s SimSci-Esscor operator training simulator and Triconex safety systems.

The Bintulu LNG Complex houses the MLNG, MLNG Dua and MLNG Tiga plants. It has a combined capacity of about 23 million tonnes per year, and together with ancillary facilities which include six LNG storage tanks and two loading jetties.