Desalination plant in Saudi Arabia to receive control system
The SWRO-4 Desalination Plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, will be using a control system provided by Yokogawa for monitoring and online diagnosis of the instrumentation devices in the plant.
Yokogawa's subsidiary, Yokogawa Middle East & Africa, has received an order from Petroleum, Chemicals & Mining Company Limited (PCMC) to supply the control system for the SWRO-4 Desalination Plant, which is being built in Jubail, Saudi Arabia by the Power & Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq).
Jubail, located in the northern part of the Arabian Gulf, is one of the two major industrial cities in Saudi Arabia (the other is Yanbu on the Red Sea), and Marafiq provides electricity and water to both cities. The plant under construction, SWRO-4, will use reverse osmosis (RO) membranes to desalinate seawater, and will be able to produce 100,000 cubic meters of potable water per day. This is greater than the combined output of 77,000 cubic meters per day from the five desalination plants that Marafiq currently owns and operates in Jubail. The desalinated water from the new plant will be provided to the Jubail area.
Yokogawa will deliver the Centum VP integrated production control system and the Plant Resource Manager (PRM) integrated device management package, the latter of which will be used for the monitoring and online diagnosis of the instrumentation devices in this plant. In addition, Yokogawa will deliver an operator training system to improve operator performance. Delivery is scheduled for 2014 and the plant will start operation at the end of September 2014.
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