Petro Rabigh (www.petrorabigh.com) awarded a multi-million dollar contract to Invensys Process Systems (www.invensys.com) to implement an InFusion-based plant information management system (PIMS) for its refining and petrochemical complex located in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia. The plant, which is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical Company (www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp/english/), is expected to start operations in the third quarter of 2008.

The plant information management project integrates technologies into a unified system using Invensys” InFusion infrastructure. InFusion”s object- and service-oriented technology is designed to enable easy access to the real-time data from the process and utilities units and integration and transfer of data between applications to provide a seamless and scaleable information system. InFusion interfaces will also facilitate integration with SAP modules.

The current system scope includes an integrated solution comprising Real Time Data Base and Historian, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), data reconciliation, plant-wide material balance, and production accounting, alarm monitoring, emissions monitoring, and performance management, with more modules planned for the future.

The solution includes Invensys” new Material Balance Module for unit material balances and data reconciliation. The Material Balance Module is designed to allow engineers to efficiently evaluate volume and mass balances online, enabling them easily to improve data quality and reliability, which forms the basis for process analysis and improvement.