Shoaiba II power plant: Yokogawa receives order for key equipment

Updated 17 April 2013

Shoaiba II power plant: Yokogawa receives order for key equipment

Yokogawa Electric Corporation said its subsidiary, Yokogawa Middle East B.S.C, has received an order to supply systems and operator training simulators for Saudi Arabia’s Shoaiba II combined cycle power plant, which is being built for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).
The Shoaiba II combined cycle power plant, located south of Jeddah, will have 10 gas turbines and two steam turbines with a combined output of 1,200 MW (Two blocks of 600 MW each).
It is scheduled to start operations in June 2013.
This order was received from Daelim Industrial Co., Ltd.
The order is for a comprehensive solution comprising a Centum VP control system and a simulator which will be used to train operators under complex simulated plant operating conditions.
The Centum VP control system at the plant will be for the integrated control of heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and gas turbines.
For the systems and products that make up these solutions, Yokogawa Middle East and its subsidiary Yokogawa Saudi Arabia will be responsible for project execution, including engineering, testing, installation and commissioning.
Yokogawa Middle East was able to secure this order due to factors such as Yokogawa’s top platinum rating for Saudization under the Saudi government’s Nitaqat program.
This can be attributed to the establishment by 2007 of two Yokogawa companies, Yokogawa Saudi Arabia and Yokogawa Services Saudi Arabia, to provide sales, engineering, and after sales services in the Kingdom.
Also taken into consideration were Yokogawa’s activities to promote professional education and provide employment in the Kingdom.
Additional contributing factors were the engineering capabilities acquired by Yokogawa through the above mentioned activities, the close project support afforded through the global cooperation of the Yokogawa Group and the high functionality of Yokogawa’s plant simulation solution for control function testing and operator training.
With an extensive track record in working for oil and petrochemical my control major companies in the Kingdom, which holds one of the world’s largest oil reserves and is a global center for production and exports, Yokogawa is well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity. Encouraged by its success in being awarded this contract, Yokogawa aims to expand its controls business in the Kingdom by further targeting the power plant sector and other energy-related markets.

Automechanika Riyadh opens, featuring leading global suppliers

Updated 22 min 58 sec ago

Automechanika Riyadh opens, featuring leading global suppliers

  • Saudi auto deals grew 40 percent last year with influx of female buyers

RIYADH: Leading names in the global auto services industry are out in force at Automechanika Riyadh — which opened on Monday at Al Faisaliah Hotel — vying to increase their share of a growing market expected to reach a value of $10.15 billion by 2023.

Automechanika Riyadh is the regional arm of the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organizer, Messe Frankfurt, which has licensed the Automechanika brand to event organizer Al Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE) Group.

Mansour Abdullah Al-Shathri, vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce, inaugurated the trade event, which will run from Feb. 24-26.

It was revealed that Saudi auto deals grew approximately 40 percent last year, with female buyers accounting for between 10-15 percent of sales after the landmark decision to allow women to drive in the Kingdom for the first time.  

“International suppliers are stepping up their marketing for the resurgence in Saudi’s market, and this impacts the entire supply chain,” said Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, show director for Automechanika Riyadh.

“While there is growth potential in the market, it is becoming a more competitive landscape and one which will also have to contend with evolving customer preferences. The conditions are ripe for new business relationships for those wishing to succeed in this transformative environment,” he added.

Zahoor Siddique, vice president of ACE, said: “Future vehicles will become more complex and challenging for the aftermarket industry. It is therefore imperative for manufacturers, local garages, technicians and mechanics to upskill and remain above the curve. 

 “Automechanika Riyadh is one such platform that can enable us to share and learn what the industry needs to unleash its potential.”

Two major US players — disc pad producer Giant Manufacturing and United Motors Mopar, the Kingdom’s sole distributor of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Fiat cars — forecast a bullish market over the next few years.

Giant’s vice president, Eli Youssian, said he believed car sales in the Kingdom would grow by 9 percent annually until 2025, while United Motors District CEO Hassan Elshamarani expected another three million female drivers to be on the Kingdom’s roads by the end of the year.

Both Giant and United Motors launched new products at the show, with the former rolling out its new German-engineered Euro Premium Metallic Disc brake pads, and the latter introducing its Magneti Marelli spare parts.

The high potential of the new-look Saudi automotive landscape has also struck a major chord with South Korean suppliers.

The show’s Korean pavilion is hosting new-to-market entrants and existing suppliers all looking for business partners. With products from wiper blades to filters and air-conditioning parts to brake pads, the Korean contingent was positive about the Kingdom’s prospects.

One exhibitor, D Only Automotive, is looking to ring fence 10 percent of the Saudi brake market. “With more vehicles on the road, demand for brakes will increase, (so) we believe this is possible,” said President Jeon JaeWon.

Global research and analytics firm Aranca — Automechanika’s knowledge partner — has forecast that Saudi Arabia’s automotive spare parts and service market will grow at approximately 6 percent over the next five years to reach a value of $10.15 billion by 2023.

“The spare parts and service market for passenger cars alone is expected to eclipse $6.9 billion by 2023,” said Vishal Sanghavi, Aranca’s automotive practice head.