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ABB has won a project to install its integrated automation, control and safety systems at a greenfield pilot plant for SABIC in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

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 in an effort 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.

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This 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.

Utilizing SIS, the Saudi-based operator can also meeting IEC 61508/61511 compliance regulations through its inspection, testing and validating of all safety instrumented functions (SIF) within the plant.

Work on the pilot will start up in early 2020.

SABIC is a market leader in products such as ethylene, methanol, MTBE, engineering plastics and its derivatives, and is the third largest diversified chemical company in the world.

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