ABB increases efficiency of EPCC’s cement production lines in Saudi Arabia

Upgrade to the latest electrical infrastructure technology and integration with 800xA automation system to improve plant availability


Main facts

Industry Cement production
Customer Eastern Province Cement Company
Country Saudi Arabia
 EcoWatt Projects AG
ABB recently commissioned an extensive electrical infrastructure upgrade for EPCC’s two 30-year old cement production lines at its plant in Al Khursaniya, Saudi Arabia.

Upgrading 30-year old cement production lines

The Eastern Province Cement production facility is located in Al Khursaniya, in the Eastern part of Saudi Arabia about 165 kilometers north of Dammam where the company is headquartered. The plant started commercial production in 1985 with an annual production of 2.2 million tons of clinker and 860 thousand tons of cement. Today, annual capacity reaches 3.5 million tons of clinker and 3.7 million tons of cement.

Outdated hardware and software had posed a risk to the plant’s reliability and availability. To avoid unexpected shutdowns and improve the reliability of the cement production lines, EPCC decided to modernize the 30-year old Medium Voltage Switchgear for Lines 1 and 2.

The evolution to latest automation and power technology will help EPCC manage production at the highest level of efficiency and quality while meeting various international standards.

Commissioning was completed in February 2016.
The project upgraded the existing 75 MV Switchgear Panels to the latest protection relay generation, and integrated the power supply systems with the ABB 800xA automation system already in place.

Excellent team work

“ABB has completed the final upgrade on site in a record time during the planned maintenance shutdowns of the plant,” said Mohammad Arif Khan, Electrical and Instrumentation Manager at EPCC. “The excellent teamwork between EPCC and ABB engineers made it possible to meet this challenge without affecting the production of the other production lines.”

The scope of supply included the replacement of the 30-year old protection compartment of 75 MV (13.8 & 4.16kV) Switchgear Panels with the latest generation of ABB Relion protection relays, integration via IEC61850 with the 800xA automation system, the delivery of state-of-the art computer and network equipment. ABB also provided project management, engineering, site services and training together with its supplier EcoWatt Projects AG.
Mohammad Arif Khan, Electrical and Instrumentation Manager at EPCC
“ABB has completed the final upgrade on site in a record time during the planned maintenance shutdowns of the plant.”
Max Luedtke, ABB’s Product Group Manager for Mineral Processing.
“ABB’s integrated power and process automation solutions will allow EPCC to achieve optimal operating conditions. Our well established relationship with the customer combined with ABB’s long-term experience with the cement production process were major factors for winning this order.”

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