Case Study:  Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company

Project: Temporary supply of compressed air to supplement implementation of isolation valves in the plant instrument air system.

Location: Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation in Jubail houses one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the world. The corporation comprises numerous independent petroleum refineries each manufacturing a variety of petrochemicals, related products and refined petroleum.

Saudi Kayan is one of the largest petrochemical complexes which specialises in the manufacture of ethanolamines, ethoxylates, polyolefines, polyethylenes, phenol, cumene and polycarbonate.

Byrne were engaged to provide strategic support by providing heavy duty isolation valves on the instrument air header during commissioning and to install the entire air supply to the plant instrumentation from an alternate facility.

Byrne has a branch located near the plant, in the Royal Commission area with suitable equipment backed by a 24/7 service commitment. Plus, we have a valid SABIC registration and have provided support services to various SABIC and non-SABIC entities in the vicinity.

During a series of technical discussions, whole system dynamics were designed and agreed upon.

The scope of supply covered six plants within the complex of Saudi Kayan supplying compressed air packages to each plant as per the compressed air layout given with all necessary interconnecting hoses and equal capacity compressor as standby connected with necessary valves and manifolds to the dryers.

The segregation of the equipment supplied included:

  • Oil free compressors
  • Technically oil free compressors
  • Desiccant dryers
  • Manifolds and heavy duty hydraulic hoses with special crimping to remove accident risk.

To run the equipment, Byrne supplied a number of operators working on shifts to ensure the operation was continuous. The work was more of a specialised service intensive project and was carried out to the entire satisfaction of Saudi Kayan.

Normal air supply to the plant was successfully restored after completion of the project.

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