Saudi Aramco awards EPC contract to Japanese comms giant

Saudi Aramco awarded the contract to longstanding partner Networks & System Integration SA, a subsidiary of Japanese giant NEC

Saudi Aramco signed the ECP contract but did not disclose its value.
Saudi Aramco signed the ECP contract but did not disclose its value.

State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract of undisclosed value to Networks & System Integration SA. 

Networks & Systems Integration SA will set up communications and related services infrastructure to support 19 Saudi Aramco gas plants, liquid separation stations, and offices.

Scope of the contract includes setting up supervisory control and data acquisition remote terminal units (SCADA-RTU) for nine gas compression plants, seven liquid separation stations, and three administration centres.

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The communications network will be set up to serve Saudi Aramco's Haradh Increment gas compression programme, a massive gas project in the country. 

“Expanding natural gas production and supply is central to key Saudi Aramco objectives, including diversifying the Kingdom’s energy mix and reducing dependence on oil for domestic needs such as power generation with a clean energy source,” said Saudi Aramco's vice president of project management, Fahad Al-Helal.

“This contract is in line with these goals and in addition to the environmental implications it will support the nation’s industrial growth. The permanent communications system project will enhance the Haradh Increment programme, which is a catalyst for economic development by increasing total gas production by more than one billion standard cubic feet per day.”  

Networks & Systems Integration SA has been operational in Saudi Arabia for more than two decades. It is a subsidiary of the Japanese multinational information and technology firm NEC.

The subsidiary of the Japanese heavyweight has worked with Saudi Aramco for a number of years, helping to upgrade the oil giant's control systems at the Berri Gas Plant in 2014.

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