Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refinery Company Ltd. (YASREF) has recently chosen Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise solutions to optimize the operation and maintenance of its full-conversion refinery. The project is a significant undertaking and involves the construction and operation of a 400,000-barrel per day (bpd) integrated petroleum refinery in Saudi Arabia.
YASREF initially used several solutions from the SmartPlant suite, including SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID and PDS®. YASREF later implemented the Engineering Document Management System (EDMS) based on SmartPlant Foundation to achieve complete integration. YASREF has achieved fully integrated plant design in order to provide fast, intuitive and role-based access to help manage the most accurate engineering documents.
SmartPlant Foundation has provided all required features to manage engineering documents including storage of electronic engineering documents, methods to search and download/upload documents, and full Management of Change (MOC).
Abdulhannan M. Karim, senior engineer at YASREF, said, "For YASREF, we executed the implementation of the EDMS in its best possible methodology. We divided the implementation into phases to optimize the resources, facilitate the required data at various times of pre-commissioning, commissioning, start-up and operations, and to achieve best quality of engineering data in a very cost-effective manner.
"YASREF EDMS has set records in the industry with regards to EDMS implementation time and data gathering, validating and auditing time thanks to the implementation of Intergraph solutions – it will be considered a role model in the general industry and within Saudi Aramco in particular. Our implantation team has not only put huge efforts in to gathering accurate data but has also worked hard to validate and audit the data prior to final handovers by EPCs. The coordination with EPCs has helped us to quickly create and maintain reliable data assets, supporting our reputation as a pioneer in Engineering Document Management."
Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "The YASREF Refinery Project is a massive undertaking in the Middle East, and we could not be more pleased that it has chosen Intergraph solutions to optimize plant performance. The SmartPlant suite of products will serve YASREF and its partners well."
Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise offers a powerful portfolio of industry-leading, best-in-class design and data management solutions, enabling companies in the process, power and marine industries to capture integrated engineering knowledge at the enterprise level for the competitive advantage needed in today's and tomorrow's market. SmartPlant Enterprise's integrated suite of solutions enable proven productivity gains, improving engineering efficiency by up to 30 percent.
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering solutions for plant design (process, power and marine), according to its "Engineering Design Tools for Plants and Infrastructure Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2018."
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