ABB to provide software for $20bn Sadara plant

Company says its eSOMS system will help plant to operate efficiently

NEWS, Projects, ABB, Dow chemicals, Jubail Industrial City, Sadara, Saudi aramco

ABB has been awarded a contract to provide operations management software for the $20bn Sadara chemicals complex currently underway at Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.

The Switzerland-based company, which had already been appointed as the Main Automation Contractor for the project when it was first announced in 2011, said that its shift operations management software, eSOMS, will be used across the entire complex.

The firm said it would help to ensure the plant operates safely and efficently, as well as keeping track of maintenance requirements.

It will also allow maintenance personnel to capture data with mobile devices and synchronise with the wider plant status system.

Jens Birgersson, head of ABB's Network Management arm, said software was "playing an increasingly important role in the management of operations in a range of industries".

“By automating complex processes and centralising data facilities, the system for Sadara will help to improve both safety and productivity.”

The Sadara complex will be the biggest ever integrated chemical plant to be built in a single phase. Its construction is due to complete in 2015, and is expected to reach full operations in 2016.

The $20bn plant is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and US-based Dow Chemical Corporation.

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