Siemens signs maintenance contract for Habshan-Fujairah oil pipeline automation system
- United Arab Emirates: Sunday, November 11 - 2012 at 15:01
- PRESS RELEASE
Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare sectors, announced that it has signed a three-year service contract for the maintenance of the strategic Habshan-Fujairah crude oil pipeline's automation and telecom system.
"The Siemens pipeline automation, control and telecom system installed at the Habshan facility ensures that the pipeline operates reliably and safely in all potential scenarios, allowing the operators to swiftly control a wide range of variables, including different stations and streams, from a central location," says Ali Vezvaei, Siemens Executive Vice President and General Manager - Division Oil and Gas.
The approximately 380-kilometer Habshan-Fujairah oil pipeline runs from Abu Dhabi to the emirate of Fujairah, located on the Gulf of Oman. With a nominal capacity of about 1.5 million barrels a day, the pipeline began pumping crude in June 2012 for the first time and presents the UAE with an alternative to shipping oil through the Strait of Hormuz.
"We have been comprehensively involved in the Habshan-Fujairah pipeline project from an early stage, and this service contract means that Siemens is in a position to offer continued localized support to ADCO with day-to-day maintenance and lifecycle services, and also with adjustments and enhancements that are essential to the continued reliability, efficiency and safety of the system."
Under the terms of the service contract, Siemens will also maintain a presence on site in order to implement a comprehensive training program, designed to prepare ADCO's workforce for independent operation of the bespoke automation system.
"The signing of this service contract is a prime example of our commitment to the development of the region's infrastructure," said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Energy, Siemens Middle East. "Siemens has a long-established presence in this region and has been a trusted partner for many of the Middle East's landmark projects. Service contracts such as these are an important part of our business, vindicating the decision to maintain comprehensive locally-based expertise, and also ensuring that our installed equipment, from all divisions, continues to exceed expectations throughout its life."
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