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August 17, 2011

Invensys to Deploy Integrated Refinery Information System for SATORP
By Shamila Janakiraman
TMCnet Contributor

Invensys Operations Management, a provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, announced that it has signed a multi-million dollar contract for deploying an integrated refinery information system for Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP).

Mohammed Ruwaii, IT manager, SATORP said in a release, “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, and it facilitates our business strategy to hit the ground running.”

The agreement entails Invensys Operations Management and Wipro (News - Alert) Arabia Limited to provide an integrated InFusion enterprise control system solution that includes 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.   

Also, the company is expected to offer data validation and reconciliation, mass energy balance, utilities optimization, electronic logbooks and control performance solutions to enhance the performance of SATORP.   

According to officials, Wipro Arabia Limited is a joint venture between Wipro Limited, a global IT services provider based in India, and Dar Al Riyadh, a Saudi Arabia-based company that specializes in engineering services, industrial products, systems integration and information technology.

Franco Restelli, president, Invensys Operations Management, Middle East and North Africa said, “One key advantage of the InFusion enterprise control system is that it provides open integration, both horizontally and vertically- linking ERP, planning, operations and control systems - from Invensys and other suppliers alike.”

Restelli further explained that Invensys will be able to deliver a robust, scalable and easy-to-maintain system that will improve real-time decision making, analysis and performance control and management for SATORP.

Invensys already owns a huge contract with SATORP for the delivery of a comprehensive refinery-wide operations management solution, including its Foxboro I/A Series distributed control system and Triconex emergency shutdown and alarm management systems besides others.

Invensys announced recently that it has selected Restricted Party Screening (RPS) On-Demand solution from Management Dynamics, a provider of global trade management solutions to automate the RPS process for all of its global operations across 125,000 parties in 180 countries. Invensys expects to minimize valuable time and resources required for screening for improving compliance and reducing corporate risk.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.


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