HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kuwait National Petroleum Company will use Intergraph SmartPlant® Enterprise engineering design and information management solutions to retrofit and increase the capacity of its Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery. To respond to unprecedented growth in the global demand for energy, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) will update its plants to increase production. Intergraph's solutions will ensure a longer and more efficient plant life cycle.
After intensive benchmarking of the major plant engineering and operation solution providers, KNPC was convinced that Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise best meets its current and future requirements related to production increases, safety and shortening of project schedules. "We are pleased to have Intergraph as our technology partner to support the growth of our refinery," said Mohammad Asad Alawady, Senior Engineer, Engineering and Maintenance at KNPC, Mina Al-Ahmadi. "SmartPlant Enterprise integrated solutions, including SmartPlant Foundation, will enhance KNPC's design process through the effective management of high-quality engineering data for all of our projects."
Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise offers a powerful portfolio of industry-leading, best-in-class design and data management solutions, enabling companies in the process, power and marine industries to capture integrated engineering knowledge at the enterprise level for the competitive advantage needed in today's and tomorrow's market. KNPC will use several solutions, including SmartPlant 3D, SmartPlant Foundation, SmartPlant P&ID, SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant Electrical and SmartPlant Review.
"SmartPlant Enterprise solutions enable increased safety and quality and proven productivity gains," said Gerhard Sallinger, president of Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. "That's why an increasing number of leading providers in the oil and gas industry are adopting Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise technology as its next-generation engineering platform."
The project will be managed by CyberMAK Information Systems W.L.L (Al-Kharafi Company) in partnership with Atheeb Intergraph Middle East LLC, Intergraph's distributor in the Middle East.
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.
About Kuwait National Petroleum Company
Kuwait National Petroleum Company is a fully state-owned company entrusted with the responsibilities of oil refining and gas liquefication as well as the distribution of petroleum products. KNPC is in charge of the three oil refineries: Mina Al-Ahmadi, Mina Abdulla and Shuaiba, in addition to the LPG plant in Mina Al-Ahmadi.
Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery was built in 1949 as a simple refinery with a refining capacity not exceeding 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) to supply the local market with its needs of gasoline, kerosene and diesel. The refinery is located 45 kilometers to the south of Kuwait City on the Arabian Gulf. It covers a total area of 10,534,000 square meters. Twenty-nine new units were built at Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery, and the refinery has now become one of the world's most modern refineries, with regard to both refining capacity, which exceeds 415,000 bpd, and the state-of-the art technology it employs. www.knpc.com
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph's industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company's software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities.
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