UK-based Plant Integrity Management (PIM), in conjunction with its Saudi Arabian partner DroobTech, has been awarded a contract by Ma’aden Phosphate Company (MPC) to implement a process piping corrosion loop.
MPC is a joint venture between Ma’aden and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic). Phosphate concentrates are sent by rail from Jalamid to Ras Al-Khair (RAK) for the production of phosphate fertilisers. RAK is in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and is home to an integrated plant for the production of fertilisers and chemicals.
PIM will implement a process piping corrosion loop using appropriate API Codes (581, 570) at MPC’s Ras Al-Khair site. RAK is the second biggest ammonia plant facility in the world, said a statement from the company.
The work will focus on managing the integrity of the process pipework at RAK and PIM will have a corrosion specialist located onsite throughout the duration of the project, it said.
The scope of work includes a review of MPC’s pipework inspection strategies at RAK and the adoption of piping corrosion loops to manage piping inspection. The work is expected to take a toal of three months to complete, it added.
Manuel Araneda, director of RBI services at PIM, said: “PIM has an established track record for the delivery of RBI services in the oil and gas industry in the Middle East as well as in the North Sea.”
“This contract award from Ma’aden Phosphate Company will see us apply the same principles to the petrochemical refining industry. As a result, the inspection schemes at RAK will be optimised, cost effective and robust,” he added.
“We see our working relationship with our local partner, DroobTech, going from strength to strength with further opportunities developing in the local area,” Araneda added.
“DroobTech is well known and respected for bringing new inspection/maintenance/engineering based technologies to the oil/gas and petrochemical sectors in Saudi Arabia,” he concluded.
Thani Al-Anizi, chief executive officer of DroobTech, said: “Our vision is to support local industries with precise and appropriate expertise. Mining is an important new industry for the country and we are delighted to win this project with our specialist partner, PIM.”
“The service we are providing, alongside PIM, will enhance and optimise the operation of such industries and will increase their efficiencies hence positively impact their profitability by minimising their maintenance costs. Together, we plan to bring these services to more companies in Saudi Arabia and thereby play a role in the Kingdom vision of 2030,” he added.