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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: January 26th 2004


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:: ABB Delivers Industrial IT- Solutions for the New Production Line of Qassim Cement Company in Saudi Arabia

Contract award for the new cement production line No. 3 of Qassim Cement Company (QCC)

ABB, the global power and automation technology group informed that it has been awarded a contract by the consortium leader Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (IHI) of Japan exceeding 20 Million Euro, for the new cement production line being built for the Qassim Cement Company in Saudi Arabia. ABB has been involved in the planning, construction and commissioning of QCC Lines Nr. 1 & 2 since 1980, which was, coincidently, the beginning of QCC. The order was won, among other things, due to the excellent and long-standing relationship with QCC, the success of previous deliveries, customer satisfaction with the delivered systems and equipment, as well as the excellent service performance demonstrated by ABB in the past.

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. was awarded the contract in September 2003. Installation is scheduled to begin in January, 2005 and commissioning in August, 2005. Commercial operation of the new production line is planned to start by end of 2005. The scope of the ABB deliveries encompasses medium- and low-voltage distribution equipment, DriveIT variable speed drives Type ACS1000 and ACS800, with low- and medium-voltage motors, IndustrialIT process control, optimization and instrumentation. In addition ABB supplies the electrical infrastructure with interfacing and interconnection to the various systems and equipment of the existing plant. Erection, erection supervision, commissioning and customer training are also included within the ABB scope.

The Qassim Cement Company is located at Buraydah, approximately 300 km north-west of Riyadh. The production capacity of cement will be increased by 1,5 Mio tons to 3,15 Mio tons per year when the new clinker production line No.3 comes on stream.




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