By Dylan Bowman
The US manufacturer will provide technology to a subsidiary of the Saudi petrochemicals giant.
Saudi European Petrochemical (Ibn Zahr) has awarded Honeywell a $2.9 million contract to provide process automation technology for its newest polypropylene plant, the two companies announced on Tuesday.
Ibn Zahr, a unit of petrochemicals giant Saudi Basic Industries (Sabic), will use the US industrial supplies manufacturer’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) to improve efficiency at the new plant, as well as link the facility with two existing plants at the site.
"By tying these plants together on the common Experion platform, Ibn Zahr can dramatically reduce engineering and maintenance costs," said Manivannan Sriraman, lead engineer for Sabic.
"We have a tight production schedule to follow, and we know from two decades of working with Honeywell that it has the resources and technology to meet these demands," he added.
The new plant, located in Al Jubail on the Arabian Gulf, will use Experion to manage the production of approximately 500,000 tons of polypropylene per year.
Currently Ibn Zahr produces 640,000 tons per year at the Al Jubail site. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer is used in everything from food packaging and plastics to clothing and automotive equipment.
"Bringing three plants onto a consistent operating system can be a challenging process, but technology like Experion makes the job simpler because it works side-by-side with legacy systems and even non-Honeywell technology," said Simon Park, regional general manager for Honeywell.
In February Honeywell was awarded a $13.5 million contract to provide a manufacturing execution system (MES) for UAE-based Dolphin Energy's Plant Automation Applications & Pipeline Automation System project.