Outdated hardware and software could impact the plant’s reliability and availability. To avoid unexpected shutdowns and improve the functionality of the cement production lines, EPCC decided to modernize the process control system. The evolution with the latest operating features will help EPCC produce at the highest level of efficiency and quality to meet various international standards.
“ABB has completed the final upgrade on site in a record time during the planned maintenance shutdown of the plant”, said Mohammad Arif Khan, Electrical and Instrumentation Manager at EPCC. “The excellent team work between EPCC and ABB engineers made it possible to meet this challenge.”
The scope of supply included the evolution of Extended Automation System 800xA licences, state-of-the-art computer, laboratory and raw meal proportioning system hardware, as well as project management, engineering and site services including training.
The modernization follows a previous process control system upgrade of the production lines number one and two in 2003, as well as equipment deliveries for the extension of the plant with line number 3 in 2005.
“ABB’s process automation solutions will allow EPCC to achieve optimal operational conditions,” said Albert Braun, ABB’s Market Segment Manager for Cement. “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.”
The contract was booked in June 2013. Commissioning was completed in December 2013.
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.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.
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