SATORP Jubail refinery project enters commissioning phase

This integrated greenfield refinery was designed with full comprehensive manufacturing infrastructure from the earliest phases. Invensys sees this as a prototype for new projects where all aspects of manufacturing- and enterprise-level systems are integrated through the entire lifecycle. Video: Ravi Gopinath explains what this means for future deployments.


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In an interview recorded at the Invensys Software Conference, Ravi Gopinath explains the significance of the SATORP project.

Invensys Operations Management is working with SATORP (Saudi Aramco Total Refining & Petrochemical Company) on the commissioning phase of the Jubail, Saudi Arabia, refinery project. This greenfield 400,000 bpd facility has been designed and built with an integrated refinery information system (IRIS) that includes an integrated InFusion enterprise control system solution encompassing total supply chain management; refinery planning and scheduling; operations management, including health, safety, and environment management; quality control and assurance; and performance control and management.

“The Invensys system and the real-time operations management information will be a critical part of our plan to integrate fuels and petrochemical processes. It is the deep conversion technology we need to produce a high percentage of light products and value-added petrochemicals,” said Mohammed Ruwaii, IT manager, SATORP.

A joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Total France, the refinery will produce diesel, jet fuel, and gasoline, as well as petrochemicals like paraxylene, aromatic benzene, and propylene. The integrated refinery information system will manage the new refinery’s supply chain, planning, and scheduling functions, as well as oversee its operations management, performance management, and business process optimization functions. 

The initial phases of this project date back to 2008 when Invensys signed a multi-million dollar contract with SATORP to deliver a comprehensive refinery-wide operations management solution, including its Foxboro I/A Series distributed control system and Triconex emergency shutdown and alarm management systems, as well as fire and gas, compressor control, electrical control, and asset management systems. The company has also provided its SimSci-Esscor operator training simulator.

At the Invensys Software Conference and Tech Support Symposium, Ravi Gopinath, president of Invensys’ software business, characterized this project as a prototype for how companies can get the maximum benefit from a fully integrated system. While such projects may add some of the business integration elements after the plant is running and stabilized, SATORP chose to design these elements in from the initial planning stages.

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