ABB has provided a number of software and hardware systems to operate and manage a $20 billion petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia – the largest ever built in a single phase.
The complex, which is due to begin producing ethylene and polyethylene in 2015, is owned by the Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture between the Saudi Arabian Oil Company and Dow Chemicals. When it is fully operational in 2017, it is expected to have an output of 3 million tonnes a year.
ABB acted as the main automation contractor for the entire complex, and our 800xA distributed control system will run more than 50 separate production lines within it. ABB also supplied the safety systems, the instrumentation and the electrical equipment, as well as the process analytic hardware that keeps track of chemical reactions.
In addition, the managers of the plant will be able to use ABB’s electronic Shift Operations Management System (eSOMS) to operate and maintain their assets. eSOMS automates the main management functions, and helps engineers to acquire, share, store and interrogate data.