ABB improves industrial productivity and enhances reliability at DUBAL

2012-12-19 - ABB has won a contract to extend the distributed control system (DCS) for the desalination plant at Dubai Aluminum (DUBAL) in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates (UAE). A critical production unit at DUBAL, the desalination plant is capable of producing 30 million gallons of water per day – this is used for on-site needs and also sold on to external customers.
The DUBAL smelter is one of the world’s largest single-site operations and produces up to 1.04 million metric tonnes of molten aluminum per year. ABB upgraded control systems for DUBAL’s steam turbines 1, 2 and 14 between 2009 and 2011.

After experiencing the performance of ABB’s DCS system and ABB’s project execution capability and commitment, DUBAL decided to go ahead with the same DCS and the same team to upgrade the desalination plant’s control system.

With this contract, the existing DCS will be replaced by ABB’s Procontrol P14 DCS system which enhances the real-time sharing of knowledge between related and divergent enterprise operations.

The system results in increased productivity across various sectors at the plant. It helps the operation, maintenance and management teams in terms of ergonomics, optimization, reduced down time, faster decision-making in addition to an overall cost reduction of spares and services.

Part of the field instrumentation will also be replaced on a turnkey basis, including the pressure and temperature transmitters. This latest instrumentation enables better and faster process monitoring. The project started in October 2012 and will be delivered in June 2013.

Strong relationship established

Rameshkumar N, regional manager, transmission and distribution, Power Systems, Abu Dhabi, said: “The customer already had a good experience of ABB’s Procontrol P14 DCS working successfully in DUBAL’s steam turbine 1 and 2.

The system is proven in its reliability all over the world and DUBAL's operation and maintenance personnel are well acquainted with the system, which reduces training, familiarization, operation and maintenance costs. The DCS system from ABB is very reliable and DUBAL trusts ABB for their professionalism in project execution.”

Operation and maintenance requirements were crucial in the selection of Procontrol P14. By extending the desalination controls to Procontrol P14, the client benefits from service and life-cycle support from ABB.

The existing maintenance contract between ABB and DUBAL will be extended to the new system thereby making it more convenient and cost effective for the customer.

The DUBAL plant, Jebel Ali