Zamil Steel produces largest inlet separator in the region

Sunday, 3rd November 2013

Zamil Process Equipment Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Zamil Industrial Investment Co. (Zamil Industrial), made history recently when the company designed and produced the largest Inlet Separator ever built in the region for use at the Saudi Aramco's Wasit project. The apparatus separates gas from liquid as it comes out of the well while maintaining pressure of up to 100 BAR.

This achievement was especially rewarding to the company, as much of the welding and assembly work that was carried out in the successful completion of this historic project was done by highly skilled Saudi technicians.

With its six-inch thick steel plate and weight of 690 tons, the huge inlet separator presented a challenging task for the Zamil Steel engineers and technicians, who managed to assemble and weld the pieces together in record time, preparing the device for use at the client's project site. The vessel is also coated with a 3.2mm thick layer of steel, protecting it from potential blasts that may result from the high internal pressure generated during operation.

The extraordinary vessel measures 31 meters long and 6.4 meters in diameter, with a capacity of up to 789 cubic meters. Engineers used the newest and most advanced software in the industry to design and produce the initial and final 3D prototypes, which also contributed to the acceleration of the production process and eliminated any possibility of fabrication rework due to unforeseen circumstances.

Senior Zamil Industrial executives visited the plant during the fabrication process and were particularly proud of the fact that the welding was done by skilled and qualified Saudis, and that the job was deemed to be of exceptional quality by independent inspectors.

"This achievement in engineering, which was accomplished by national talent, is another success for the company as well as the Saudi workforce that participated in this project," commented Abdulla M. Al Zamil, CEO of Zamil Industrial. "It demonstrates the engineering and technical capabilities of Saudi industries that enable superior performance over the competition. Zamil Industrial has succeeded in investing in national workforce competencies and is committed to providing training and career opportunities that utilize the skills and talents of Saudi citizens."