Power matters: Everything has to work – power makes it possible

Protecting against production outages is top priority

The chemical industry is characterized by complex processes that rely on maximum accuracy and safety. Power plays a key role in this: Even the smallest disruptions in the power supply can result in expensive interruptions in the production processes and cause serious damage to high quality facilities in the factory. In a worst-case scenario, a supply bottleneck can even endanger humans and the environment. For all these reasons, ensuring a reliable, safe, and efficient power supply is of the utmost importance in the chemical industry.

TIP for the chemical industry

Totally Integrated Power ensures continuous mission-critical power supply for chemical plants

Totally Integrated Power solutions are tailored to the requirements of chemical plants and ensure continuous mission-critical power supply in a business field that transforms slowly from a highly standardized production to more specific solutions. The optimum integration of the complete power supply from a single source and the close interaction with process automation allows a maximum of supply reliability, enabling more energy efficiency, transparency, and flexible adaptability.

Major challenges for the chemical industry

Enterprises in the chemical industry have to meet high technology requirements on the one hand, as well as stringent laws and regulations for environmental protection on the other hand. It is also essential to provide maximum safety in a highly controlled business environment. In addition, increasing energy costs call for greater efficiency. That’s why reliable, safe, and efficient power supply contributes to consistent market success facing strong global competition.

Our answer: Totally Integrated Power

Specific solutions for the chemical industry

Optimal reliability thanks to Totally Integrated Power

The chemical industry requires a reliable, safe, and economical power supply. Power outages severely impact the manufacturing process, and result in huge losses. Siemens' Totally Integrated Power (TIP) is tailored to the needs of the chemical manufacturing industry. Our portfolio is compliant with the highest safety standards and provides a broad range of certified and standardized equipment and services. From energy planning to configuration and management, TIP is our comprehensive concept for ensuring an optimal power flow for chemical plants – supporting every stage of the facility's power supply lifecycle.

Changing framework of the chemical business

The chemical industry is experiencing extreme changes in their business environment. Shifting market dynamics, dedicated innovations for specific problems, and even the increased commercialization of alternative manufacturing technologies are among the challenges that are emerging.

Highly controlled business environment in terms of policies and regulations

Chemical plants, often based in remote locations, need a reliable and safe power supply. There are, however, many standards that need to be fulfilled in order to secure a stable power supply. International laws and regulations demand the highest quality of products used in the chemical manufacturing. The electric system must be able to withstand harsh environments: In the petrochemical sector in particular, the construction must be highly resistant to extreme environmental conditions.

High technology requirements and a large number of automated processes

The chemical industry is characterized by a high degree of automated processes. A huge variety of valuable process automation equipment is implemented in order to run production smoothly and efficiently, with no interruptions.

Personnel and operational safety

A reliable power supply for the chemical industry is mission-critical. Power failures can affect the safety of both personnel and materials, and can lead to costly downtime but also to risks for plant workers.

Uncertain grid reliability and fluctuating power quality

Chemical plants are often located in areas of the world where there is high uncertainty about grid reliability as well as fluctuating power quality – because the local grids are not designed for the huge amount of power needed for chemical production.

Increasing complexity in the power grid

Modern grids are becoming more and more complex. The mixture of centralized and decentralized power generation and multiple infeeds into the grid calls for more advanced automated power management processes. This results in more data that needs to be processed in order to monitor, control, and manage the power flows reliably.

Increasing power demand

Globalization and the growth potential of emerging countries combine to create growth opportunities for the chemicals industry, even in mature economies. New manufacturing plants are being built and existing ones expanded to meet the world's need for chemicals. This growth in the industry is resulting in an increasing power demand, such that medium-voltage infeed to industrial plants may no longer be sufficient in some cases.

Increasing energy costs call for greater efficiency and new concepts

Energy prices are increasing over the long term, and this also applies to the chemical industry, for various reasons. Cost-efficient energy management is therefore extremely important to the future competitiveness of your business.

Game change due to digitalization

Smart solutions for IT/OT convergence are key technology enablers for enhancing your business operations. However, how to manage the resulting explosion of data, is still a big question – as is how to create value from data.

International laws and regulations for environmental protection, and CO₂ emissions reduction

CO₂ emissions are increasing worldwide, and at the same time the extraction of fossil fuels is becoming more difficult. The chemical industry is also being scrutinized by politicians, ecologists, and the public. These sources are demanding an efficient use of resources as well as corporate social responsibility. Meeting these requirements allows companies to gain acceptance and meet the high standards of sustainability that are placed on the chemical industry.

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Successful use of TIP in the chemical industry

TIP is an integrated power supply solution that is being successfully used in the chemical industry around the world. Learn more in the following reference project.  

Implementation of high- and medium-voltage solutions as well as automation and protection technology solutions in Russia

EuroChem-Usolsky | Russia EuroChem’s Usolskiy Potash complex is one of the largest potash projects in Russia’s Perm region. Its 220 kV feed line is 32 km long and the plant’s maximum estimated load during plant operation is 108 MW. In order to provide a reliable power supply for a plant of this size, Siemens came up with a highly efficient and comprehensive solution for all voltage levels required. The Kama-Potash substation is now running with our state-of-the-art gas- and air-insulated high- and medium-voltage equipment, including transformers, switchgear (NXAIR S), and relay protection and automation (SIPROTEC 5).