GE Oil & Gas has signed a long-term multi-outage service contract with Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), to drive the operational excellence of GPIC’s plant in Bahrain.
As part of the agreement, GE Oil & Gas will offer the full spectrum of outage turnkey services, spare parts and repairs for the GPIC plant. It also covers the servicing of scheduled outages for a period from 2018 to 2026.
The collaboration between GPIC and GE Oil & Gas will allow the technical teams to conduct all consultative checks ahead of time, ensuring that the key process equipment crucial for GPIC’s production – such as syngas trains, mug trains, carbon dioxide compressors and gas turbine generators –continues to operate while unnecessary downtime is reduced significantly.
The partnership between GPIC and GE Oil & Gas will lay the foundation for future adoption of GE Predix-based solutions including Asset Performance Management (APM), a major step towards the full digitalisation of the overall plant, contributing to optimal asset utilisation and increased operational efficiency.
The partnership will strengthen the competency of GPIC to supply products including ammonia and methanol that drive the growth of downstream industries and contribute to Bahrain’s national economy.
“As a key contributor to the national economy of Bahrain, GPIC focuses on products that have extensive application in downstream industries,” said Zaher Ibrahim, CEO of GE Oil & Gas – Saudi Arabia & Bahrain. “The multi-outage agreement will strengthen the efficiency of the GPIC plant and contribute to higher levels of productivity and operational safety. This also further demonstrates GE Oil & Gas’ full stream capabilities and the productivity gains that can be realised through such close-collaboration.”
Established in 1979 as a joint venture between GCC member states for the manufacture of fertilisers and petrochemicals, GPIC is owned by NOGA Holding Bahrain, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) of Kuwait, which are leading customers of GE.
“At GPIC, we are focused on strengthening the all-round efficiency and safety standards of the plant. Reducing unplanned downtime and increasing the operational workflow is critical to achieving our production targets,” said Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President, GPIC. “The multi-outage agreement that we signed with GE, our long-term partner, brings the latest technology strengths to GPIC.”
GE Oil & Gas will provide advanced equipment for GPIC’s shareholders including pumps and Frame 5 gas turbine generators.