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ABB technology helps Dubai develop smart solar strategy

ABB technology is supporting the development of new smart solar power systems for the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai Electric & Water Authority (DEWA) is using the ABB AbilityTM Electrical Distribution Control System to help develop data-driven strategies that maximize year-round solar energy production as part of the Smart Dubai initiative.

Smart Dubai is the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The city is hard-wiring Smart Design into its fast-evolving infrastructure in a series of greenfield initiatives that offer emerging economies a blueprint for sustainable development.

The ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System is being employed by DEWA to monitor production at ABB’s Al Quoz photovoltaic solar system. The 312kW installation is the largest privately owned solar rooftop in the region, powering the ABB facility and feeding surplus energy into the grid. ABB’s cloud-based platform makes it easy for DEWA analysts to integrate the power production data with other information, such as weather forecasts and actual rooftop temperatures.

“Dubai has come a long way in its transformation into a smart city under the guidance of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” said his Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. “DEWA works in line with the UAE Vision to achieve smart transformation, and to support the leadership to meet the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda, and Dubai Plan 2021. We seek to promote Dubai as a smart, sustainable, and integrated city with high-tech infrastructure to support social and economic development as well as promote sustainable use of resources by ensuring best practices in consumption, efficiency and governance.”

Dubai aims to generate 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and the development of a viable solar power market is key to this. DEWA is fast-tracking the introduction of digital innovations that will help better manage the city’s energy consumption and production with smart grids and smart meters.

“ABB’s cloud-based platform is enabling a new generation of data-driven strategies for power distribution systems. Data from ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System enables DEWA to understand the effect of temperature and other seasonal changes on the yield from solar power systems,” said Loay Dajani, ABB Lead Division Manager - MEA, Electrification Products Division. “The ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System is the perfect platform for this kind of collaborative project, producing the data needed for power distribution systems to integrate effectively into smart city concepts.”

Although the UAE enjoys long periods of sunshine each year, the high ambient temperatures can also limit the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. In June, July and August, ambient temperatures in Dubai can reach 50-52°C. In these conditions, roof-mounted solar power systems can reach temperatures of 68°C.

The ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System is a cloud-based platform for electrical systems that monitors plant performance, uses data analysis to identify optimization opportunities, and enables the remote implementation of more effective power management strategies. It connects the electrical equipment, using the Emax 2 smart circuit breaker, with cloud-based intelligence and algorithms, removing the need for expensive additional devices and complex programming.


Jacobs Wins Contract for Sahara Petrochemicals Facilities in Saudi Arabia

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced today it received a three-year contract from Sahara Petrochemicals (Sahara) to provide general engineering services at Sahara’s Jubail Industrial City facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is expected to provide engineering, procurement, construction supervision, project management, pre-commissioning and commissioning support to a range of small- to medium-sized capital projects for Sahara’s propane dehydrogenation, poly propylene, chlor alkyl, ethylene dichloride and peripheral utilities operating facilities.

In making the announcement, Jacobs Senior Vice President Oil and Gas Bassim D. Shebaro stated, “Jacobs has had a presence in the Middle East for many years serving the Oil, Gas, Buildings and Infrastructure sectors. This contract enables us to expand our presence in Jubail as part of our overall commitment to providing world-class services to our clients across the region."

Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services.

Yokogawa Wins Control System Orders for Large Thermal Power

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that two of its subsidiaries, Yokogawa Electric Korea and Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation, have received orders to provide control systems for thermal power and desalination plants that are to be constructed for Umm Al Houl Power, a Qatari company whose main businesses are power generation and water desalination.

The control system orders received by Yokogawa Electric Korea are for a thermal power plant and a reverse osmosis desalination plant, and they were placed by Samsung C&T and Acciona Agua, respectively. The control system order received by Yokogawa Solution Service is for a multi-stage flashing system desalination plant, and it was placed by Hitachi Zosen Corporation.

These plants are being built for Umm Al Houl Power at a location 20 km south of Doha, the capital of Qatar, and the power and water produced there will be provided to the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) for a period of 25 years. The power plant will utilize a combined cycle power generation system*1. One of the desalination plants will utilize a reverse osmosis process*2, and the other will rely on a multi-stage flash distillation process*3. The capacity of the power plant will be 2.4 GW and the combined daily capacity of the two desalination plants will be 590,000 m3. These plants are scheduled to commence providing electricity and water in 2017.

For this project, Yokogawa will deliver the CENTUMR VP integrated production control system and the ProSafe®-RS safety instrumentation system. In addition to being responsible for engineering, the company will provide support for the installation and commissioning of these systems. The CENTUM VP system will be able to monitor and control operations at all three plants.

Yokogawa's subsidiaries were able to win these orders because the following points were highly evaluated by the end user and the companies that are building these plants:

  • The engineering capability that Yokogawa demonstrated in the Ras Abu Fontas A2 desalination plant project for QEWC
  • Our solid global track record in executing large combined-cycle power plant projects

Technip awarded a three-year contract by Total E&P Angola for engineering services

Technip Angola Engenharia Limitada, a joint venture between Technip and Sonangol, has been awarded by Total E&P Angola a three-year engineering services contract. This contract covers services for the existing Girassol, Pazflor, Dalia and CLOV floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units and associated subsea field development. These FPSOs are located in Block 17, offshore Angola.

The scope of work can comprise engineering, technical assistance, management, supervision and coordination, as well as procurement-related activities. Technip Angola Engenharia Limitada will carry out the contract, which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2018.

Hallvard Hasselknippe, President Subsea of Technip, commented: “We have been entrusted by Total E&P Angola to deliver quality engineering services. It is the result of our sustainable presence in Angola with skilled engineering resources and comprehensive knowledge of our client’s technical referential and working methods. This contract reinforces our activity in Africa, an area with good dynamics. It also fits into our strategy to engage with our clients at early stages of their projects and build on long-lasting successful relationships.”

Honeywell Technology to drive Iraq’s most Advanced Refinery

Honeywell has announced that it will provide industry-leading process technology and advanced automation controls to Iraq's Karbala refinery, now under construction in Karbala Province, about 120 kilometers south of Baghdad.

The grassroots refinery will use industry-leading refining processes from Honeywell UOP and automation controls from Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) to allow Iraq's State Company of Oil Projects' (SCOP) Karbala refinery to maximize production of fuel and other products that will help offset the more than 350,000 barrels per day of refined products the country currently imports. These technologies will also help meet growing domestic demand with products meeting international standards equivalent to Euro V fuel standards. Startup of the 140,000 barrel-per-day refinery is expected in 2020.

"The Honeywell solution combines UOP's deep process knowledge with HPS's expertise in plant automation to make the refinery run at the top of its capability," said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP's Process Technology and Equipment business. "The integration of process technology with a controls solution enables the Karbala refinery to make more gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, jet fuel, liquefied petroleum gas and asphalt, and make it more efficiently."

"Honeywell has a great track record of successful projects implemented in Iraq," said Pieter Krynauw, vice president and general manager of HPS' Projects and Automation Solutions business. "When we combine UOP process technology with the HPS automation and controls, refineries will be able to reach peak performance faster and lower the total cost of ownership while getting the best return of investment for the project lifecycle."

Honeywell technologies licensed for the Karbala refinery include:

The UOP Penex™ process to upgrade light naphtha feedstock to produce isomerate, a cleaner gasoline blend-stock that does not contain benzene, aromatics or olefins.

The UOP fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process to convert heavy feedstocks recovered from other refinery operations into high-octane gasoline.

The UOP CCR Platforming™ process to convert low-quality naphtha to high-octane blending components for gasoline.

The UOP Unionfining™ process to improve the quality of distillate boiling-range feedstocks to help meet tougher product specifications.

The UOP Chlorsorb™ process to help meet stringent waste gas specifications.

The Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS), the heart of the Integrated Control and Safety Systems (ICSS), which unifies people with process, business requirements and asset management by enabling integration of all process control and safety systems and automation software under a single architecture.

Safety Manager, which integrates process safety data, applications, system diagnostics and critical control strategies, and executes defined safety applications in a fully redundant architecture.

Fire and gas safety systems, which include SIL3 certified safety systems connected to fire detectors, fire alarm panels, fire suppression systems, gas detectors, sounders and beacons to minimize the impact of any abnormal situations.

UniSim® training simulators, which enable industrial sites better plan, deploy and manage a structured program for operator competency.