Yokogawa Receives Order from SIPSC to Supply Monitoring System for Large-scale Water Distribution Pipeline Project in Saudi Arabia

Tokyo, Japan - October 8, 2013

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that Yokogawa Electric International, a subsidiary that oversees Yokogawa's IA and control business outside Japan, has received an order from Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation (SIPSC)*1 to supply the monitoring system for a large water distribution pipeline that the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)*2 is building in Saudi Arabia between the cities of Yanbu and Medina. This is Yokogawa's first order from SIPSC for a water distribution pipeline project.

Yanbu is a Red Sea port and a center of industry in Al Madinah province, and Medina is the capital city (population 1.1 million) of that province. When completed, the new water distribution pipeline will stretch 610 km from a seawater desalination plant in Yanbu to the city of Medina and its surrounding districts, and will be capable of supplying 709,000 m3 of potable water per day. This is one of the largest-ever international water distribution projects to be undertaken by SIPSC.

This order includes the FAST/TOOLS SCADA*3 software and the STARDOM™ network-based control system for monitoring the pipeline, the PRM® integrated device management software package for instrumentation monitoring and online diagnosis, pipeline leakage detection systems, and a telecommunicaions system. Yokogawa Electric International will be responsible for engineering, supervising the installation of, and commissioning these products. These products will be delivered by July 2014 and the new pipeline will become operational the following month.

Yokogawa won this order thanks to the following:

  1. Global support network
    Yokogawa has an extensive global network that is capable of providing a wide range of support services to SIPSC in China and SWCC in Saudi Arabia. These services range from technical proposals to operator training and other after-sales services, and they can all be provided locally, at the customer site.
  2. Solid track record in the Middle East
    Yokogawa has extensive experience in supplying systems throughout the Middle East, including power plant and seawater desalination plant.

Tetsuya Murai, General Manager of the Sales Division's Power & Utilities Department at Yokogawa Electric International, said, "The countries of the Middle East and emerging nations in other regions are facing water shortages due to rapid industrialization and population growth, particularly in urban areas, and thus need to build seawater desalination plants and water distribution pipelines. Encouraged by winning this order, we will forge a track record with SIPSC and other EPC*4 contractors that are actively developing their business in the international market, and will expand our IA and control business by targeting water infrastructure."

*1 Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation (SIPSC)
A subsidiary of the Sinopec Group, a world-leading oil and petrochemical company group, that provides management, engineering, and technical services for oil and petrochemical projects outside China

*2 Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)
A state-run seawater desalination and water distribution company that is under the authority of the Saudi Arabian government's Ministry of Water and Electricity

*3 Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)
A system that monitors and controls industrial processes

*4 EPC
A contractor that provides engineering, procurement, and construction services


About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 88 companies spans 55 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$4 billion company conducts cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is engaged in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit the company's website www.yokogawa.com

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