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Acciona completes remote commissioning of Saudi plant from Spain

RIYADH, 16 days ago

Acciona,  a world leader in desalination using reverse osmosis technology, said its team in Madrid, Spain, has for the first time tested and commissioned a desalination plant thousands of miles away in Saudi Arabia using “digital twin” technology. 
 
The digital twin - an exact digital copy of the Al-Khobar 1 Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant in Saudi Arabia - allowed a specialist team in Madrid to begin testing and commissioning at the plant remotely, with only minimal staff on site. 
 
The technology allowed the commissioning of the plant to remain on schedule in spite of the travel restrictions in force as a result of the pandemic. 
 
The Madrid team conducted the first stage of this process from Acciona's Water Control Centre “CECOA”.
 
Using advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence, the desalination plant’s start-up equipment, control system programmes, water and electrical circuits were tested and put into operation with remote supervision. 
 
With the first stage of this process completed successfully using the digital twin, the next stages of the commissioning process are continuing as planned and will be completed shortly. 
 
The plant, equipped with energy-efficient sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) technology, is a critical project in the kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) modernisation of the water sector. 
 
Acciona is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for Al Khobar 1, which is expected to be completed next month. 
 
The desalination plant will produce 210,000 cu m of potable water per day, serving a population of 350,000 inhabitants, making it one of the largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia. 
 
Ignacio Lobo Gutiérrez, Acciona Project Director of Al Khobar 1, said: "The start-up of desalination plants will in future be undertaken by local and remote teams working together thanks to digital twin technologies. Because of the pandemic, it is very likely that desalination plants coming on stream next year will be commissioned in this way."
 
Acciona ME Managing Director Jesús Sancho said: "Industry 4.0 is the new standard. It is already here. Covid has just accelerated its arrival. 5G will enable machine learning, artificial intelligence and Big Data, and the connectivity and remote operation of all systems and sub-systems."
 
"This will greatly increase the productivity and efficiency or our water treatment plants. We are experiencing a revolution in multi-system integration. The possibilities that lie ahead are limitless," he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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