Emerson Process Management signed a five-year Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with Shell to serve as a Main Automation Contractor (MAC) on future capital projects globally.

Under the agreement, Emerson will provide project and support services for main automation systems, including distributed control systems (DCS) and safety instrumented systems. The contract also provides for ongoing maintenance of existing systems, plus the supply of new systems for brownfield and greenfield facilities.

While Shell has utilized a MAC strategy in its downstream businesses for years, the company is expanding the concept to make it a center-point of an enterprise-wide automation strategy.

“This Global Framework Agreement marks a completely new approach within Shell,” said Nick Curley, upstream automation portfolio manager for Shel, in a prepared statement. “It is a long-term, competitive, collaborative, performance-based relationship that will facilitate the delivery of considerable value to both parties. We will be looking to emulate this approach in many other key global categories in the future.”

“This new agreement will put Emerson in a position to substantially broaden its Main Automation Contractor footprint within Shell,” said Ronaldo Marques, general manager of equipment for Shell’s Enterprise Categories & Suppliers division, in prepared statement. “For the first time in history, Emerson will have full and open access to all Shell business units – upstream, downstream, wind, power and biofuels – plus affiliated joint ventures.”