(MENAFN - Arab News) Yokogawa Electric Corporation (YME) announced that Yokogawa Saudi Arabia has been selected as the process control system supplier for the Rabigh II project, in which Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical have decided to invest.
Yokogawa will supply its flagship products, the CENTUM VP production control system and the ProSafe-RS safety system for the petrochemical complex. This is an indication that Yokogawa's business partners acknowledge its success in the Rabigh I project and have full confidence in Yokogawa's capabilities. With phases I and II combined, this is the largest project for which Yokogawa has been selected in the Middle East.
Since the foundation of Yokogawa Saudi Arabia in 2006, the company has strengthened its engineering capabilities in the Kingdom through the course of several mega projects. Yokogawa's success in these projects has earned the customer's confidence in its local project execution capabilities, leading to the decision for the Rabigh II project to be fully executed in Saudi Arabia, at the company's facilities in Dhahran Techno-Valley. The execution of this project in the Kingdom follows Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical's guidance on the maximization of Saudi Arabian content.
Yokogawa Electric Corporation, following through on its commitment to its customers in the Kingdom, has doubled the size of its facilities in the Dhahran Techno-Valley. In addition to engineering and project execution capabilities, the new facility allows Yokogawa to manufacture specific elements of the control system and to strengthen the research and development activities.
The Rabigh II project, by expanding the ethane cracker and building a new aromatics complex, will use an additional 30 million standard cubic feet per day of ethane and approximately 3 million tons per year of naphtha as feedstock to produce a variety of high value-added petrochemical products. Each plant will be brought on stream as it becomes available for operation, beginning the first half of 2016.