Rosemount, Minnesota and Jersey City, New Jersey - (June 6, 2017) – Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend, LLC, a leading producer of transportation fuels, will deploy a digital TETRA radio communications network for its refinery operations located in Rosemount, Minnesota. Provided by PowerTrunk, Inc. (part of the Hytera Group), this will be the first TETRA system for the petrochemical sector in North America.
The Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery has a radio population of approximately 4,000 users. The refinery covers about 1000 acres and has a production capacity of 339,000 barrels per day.
Bay Electronics, working with PowerTrunk, was chosen by Flint Hills Resources to provide the refinery complex with a complete communications system consisting of multiple radio sites with diversity receivers, fully redundant control equipment, antenna towers, protective shelters, generators, in-building antenna systems desktop radios, and the latest intrinsically-safe TETRA portable radios with remote speaker microphones.
“Mission-critical communications that keep our employees connected at all times are essential to maintaining safe operations,” said John Bowman, Digital Lead, Flint Hills Resources. “The solution we chose includes intrinsically-safe radios that are designed to provide crisp and clear audio in the noisiest workplace environments and are equipped with GPS, dynamic group and profile management, and other advanced features to enable a safer and more efficient workforce anywhere on our complex.”
“We believe our operations are best served by solutions that are based on open industry standards,” said Mark Murphy, Project Manager, Flint Hills Resources. “The TETRA solution was selected in part because it is the leading open standard digital radio communications technology in use around the world, and it will allow Flint Hills Resources to leverage the best practices in digital radio solutions in a complete and cost-effective manner.”
“This is another precedent and testament for TETRA applications in North America,” according to Edward Kelly, PowerTrunk Vice President of Business Development. “Our TETRA solution was chosen not only for its overall value, but on its technical merits which include highly reliable coverage and clear communications in a working environment that is challenged with high user density, RF multipath, and noisy and hazardous working conditions.”
“Bay Electronics has long been a proponent for TETRA in North America and is pleased to bring TETRA technology to Flint Hills Resources,” said Rick Nielson, President of Bay Electronics.
PowerTrunk Inc. is the subsidiary of Teltronic S.A.U. (part of the Hytera Group) responsible for business development, distribution, and customer support for land mobile radio (LMR) projects in North America. PowerTrunk is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. With over 40 years’ experience designing, manufacturing, implementing, and supporting digital and analog land mobile radio turnkey projects, the group has more than 350 systems installed in more than 50 countries. Its LMR solutions are widely deployed in the public safety, oil and gas, transportation, and utilities sectors. LMR equipment includes conventional and trunked infrastructure systems, mobiles, hand portables, and dispatching consoles for TETRA, DMR, P25, and LTE technologies.
About Bay Electronics
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About Flint Hills Resources, LLC
Flint Hills Resources is an industry leader in refining, chemicals, and biofuels and ingredients, with operations primarily in Texas and the Midwest. Its manufacturing capacity is built upon six decades of refining experience and the company has expanded its operations through capital projects and acquisitions worth more than $13 billion since 2002. Based in Wichita, Kansas, the company has more than 5,000 employees and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. For more information, please visit www.fhr.com.