SmartPlant® 3D Offers Efficiency for SNEC Methanol Project

SmartPlant® 3D enables SINOPEC Ningbo Engineering to increase engineering design quality and efficiency of China's largest methanol project.

The Challenge

SINOPEC Ningbo Engineering Company Limited (SNEC) is an all-round engineering company, providing engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) solutions. It also has rich project management experience, completing the engineering design and/or construction of more than 1,000 plants.

SNEC performed the engineering design of the Chongqing natural gas-to-methanol plant, China's largest methanol project, and the scope included multiple process units. SNEC required a comprehensive engineering design solution with advanced technology to tackle this challenging project.

Challenges it had to overcome include:

  • Improve engineering design efficiency and productivity
  • Enhance quality and accuracy of engineering design
  • Automate generation of large volume of project deliverables
  • Accelerate project schedules and reduce operating costs

The Solution

SNEC selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise solutions, including SmartPlant 3D. Intergraph's SmartPlant 3D is recognized as the leading 3D engineering design solution in the market, used by global industry leaders. It is proven technology and can handle even the most complex tasks quickly and easily. This was a critical factor for SNEC's selection of SmartPlant 3D, as there are about 350,000 objects to be included in the 3D model for this major project, including 138 sets of equipment and a 40-kilometer pipeline.

The implementation of SmartPlant 3D for the Chongqing methanol project has been a great success for SNEC. The Chinese engineering company plans to further extend the use of SmartPlant 3D for other projects. In addition, SNEC will expand its use of Intergraph technology and adopt other solutions from the SmartPlant Enterprise suite, including SmartPlant Foundation, SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID, and others. This is aligned with SNEC's vision to implement an integrated engineering environment for the whole plant life cycle to drive its EPC business.