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Al Rushaid Group-Zeeco JV to build Mideast’s first combustion facility

Saudi Arabia: Thursday, June 26 - 2008 @ 08:31

This technology was developed by Saudi Aramco’s engineer Mazen Mashour and supported by personnel from Saud Aramco’s Project Management, Southern Area Oil Operations, and New Business Development. The technology will enable companies like Saudi Aramco to better operate in an environmentally sound and ecologically sustainable manner.

Construction of the 10500 square meters (113021 square feet) complex to be located at the Al Rushaid Oil Field Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, will commence in July 2008. It is expected to be fully operational in October 2009. The Al Rushaid/Zeeco facility will be comprised of two units: a 8,500 square meters (91493 square feet) combustion related equipment manufacturing, test and repair facility and a 2000 square meters (21527 square feet) R& D facility. Total cost of this joint project will be approximately US $30 million. It will employ more than 100 people in phase I and be fully compliant with Saudization requirements promulgated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Designed specifically to support Saudi Aramco, SABIC, SEC, SWCC and other major industries within Saudi Arabia, the surrounding Arabian Gulf Countries, and industrial complexes around the world, the Al Rushaid/Zeeco complex will have the capability to address the service and repair needs of all flare products regardless of original manufacturer.

Among its capabilities will be flare manufacturing, flare set packaging, parts manufacturing, a full range of flare improvement engineering and engineered services. Field service along with installation and commissioning will also be provided.

A key component of the facility will be the region’s first, most capable test bed using multiple gases to simulate flare gas compositions and will allow full scale testing of flare tips. It will also have the capability to perform extensive radiation, smoke monitoring, and emissions testing along with certified testing to API and international standards. Best of all it will allow end users to upgrade their existing flares using Saudi Aramco HPAAS technology.

It is worth noting that this invention has been installed and tested at several Saudi Aramco facilities and has produced outstanding results including reduction of plant’s shut down time by as much as 70%.

Another unique feature of the Al Rushaid/Zeeco development will be the Middle East’s first combustion R&D center. This 2000 square meters (21527 square feet) unit will have state-of-the-art testing facilities along with specialized laboratories.

Mr. Khalid Al Falih, Executive Vice President Operations of Saudi Aramco was guest of honor at the ceremony. He praised the strategic initiative taken by Al Rushaid Group and Zeeco in their commitment to promote the local economy. He congratulated Mr. Abdullah Al Rushaid in his success and business achievements. He also welcomed Zeeco to the Saudi industrial community.

Mr. Al Falih stated, “Saudi Aramco imperatives are producing energy to the world, preserving the environment, building on the industrial base and creating opportunities for Saudi nationals. Saudi Aramco is interested in the development of advanced combustion technologies in order to meet global energy demand while keeping the environment at the fore front.”

“We would like to see advancement in technology developments and increase in industrial projects by the local business community which will pave the way for Saudi Arabia to become a technology exporter. The Kingdom is embarking on a substantial capital program to increase the oil production and associated industries, and I would urge the business community to take advantage of this enormous market,” Al-Falih said.

Sheikh Abdullah Al Rushaid, Chairman, Al Rushaid Group, Said,

“This JV is special because it will use locally developed patented technologies by Saudi Aramco invented by their talented engineers lead by Mr. Mazen Mashour. We will build a local facility to manufacture, develop and commercialize the Saudi Aramco patented eco-friendly technology of Smokeless Flares (HPAAS), locally and globally. Additionally the combined expertise of the two companies will lead to further strengthening of technology sharing, knowledge and innovation. This JV will bring both extraordinary capabilities and benefits to our customers in the petroleum-related industries, the chemical processing and power generation sectors.”

Sheikh Al Rushaid added that technical training for the Saudi youth is a social and national obligation to which Al Rushaid Group is committed.

Commenting on the Joint Venture, Mr. Darton Zink, President of Zeeco, Inc., Stated: “Our goal is to not only provide HPAAS flares within Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but to extend the reach of this advanced technology outside the borders of the Kingdom and provide this unique Saudi technical know-how to the rest of the world at large. The combination of Saudi Aramco HPASS flare technology, Al Rushaid’s business expertise and Zeeco’s technology, global reach and organization is certainly a formula for success. It is our hope that all of the world will be able to breathe cleaner air as a result of these efforts and the strong partnership we are cementing tonight. This is a very proud day indeed for Saudi Aramco, Al Rushaid, Zeeco and most of all- the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Al Rushaid Group and Zeeco are currently working on a project to upgrade Southern Area Oil Operations Flare Systems, converting them into more environmentally friendly flares using Saudi Aramco High Pressure Air Assisted System (HPAAS) technology. The project was awarded to Al Rushaid Construction Company. The detailed design, procurement and construction is taking place in Saudi Arabia, making this project the first flare EPC project of its kind. This project is currently in progress and shall make the facilities comply with Saudi Government’s environmental mandates. This upgrade is scheduled for completion by the end of 2009.

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