ABB’s solutions to digitalise SABIC chemical plant

ABB’s solutions to digitalise SABIC chemical plant
Published: 18 November 2019 - 4 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
ABB has won a project to install its renowned extended automation system at a greenfield pilot plant for SABIC in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, supporting SABIC’s broader vision to digitalise its operations.

Leveraging ABB Ability System 800xA, SABIC will apply ABB’s integrated automation, control and safety solutions to the company's Utilities Park and Pilot project. The park is part of the SABIC Technology Centre (STC), which marks the company’s biggest global investment in innovation, and the largest of its 21 technology centers worldwide.

Combining the functionality of a distributed control system (DCS), electrical control system and safety instrumented system (SIS), ABB’s 800xA platform will provide big data, delivered in real-time, alongside predictive analytics that support SABIC making accurate and timely decisions to enhance the productivity and performance of the pilot plant.

“As part of its 2025 strategy, SABIC has committed to innovation, sustainability and implementing digitalization technologies that improve its productivity and commercial capabilities,” said Kevin Kosisko, managing director, energy industries, ABB. “Our ABB Ability 800xA extended automation system will support SABIC’s long-term success by improving engineering efficiencies and enabling optimal asset use and operating performance.

This digitalisation initiative is in addition to SABIC’s efforts to enable Saudi Vision 2030, with the collaboration showing local content impact through ABB’s participation in SABIC’s Home of Innovation Program.

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