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Siemens to digitalize, cybersecure UAE gas plant

Siemens today announced it has signed a deal to maintain and digitalize the 1500 MW Shuweihat S2 combined-cycle power plant in Abu Dhabi.

It is an extension of a multi-year maintenance service agreement with Shuweihat S2 Operation and Maintenance Company (S2O&M), which operates the plant that runs on Siemens’ SGT5-4000F gas turbines and  SST5-6000IP steam turbines.

Under the contract, Siemens will deploy products from its Omnivise digital services portfolio including cybersecurity solutions to help improve asset visibility, reliability and availability.

“With the UAE’s increasing demand for energy, we are embracing new and innovative ways to improve the reliability and performance of our power assets,” said Ramesh Kakade, Plant General Manager at S2O&M.

“Our agreement with Siemens incorporates the latest digital technology, ensuring more reliable and flexible power generation at Shuweihat S2 power and water plant.”

The project will see the deployment of Siemens’ integrated suite of advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics services, such as the company’s Asset Monitor. Using advanced data-driven analytics, this service provides a visualization of plant asset data and key performance indicators for early detection of potential issues.

“Digital solutions have become a strong contributor for sustainable growth in the power sector,” said Gianluigi Di Giovanni, Senior Executive Vice President of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East and North Africa.

He added that one of the challenges faced by power plant operators is receiving hundreds of false alarms, caused by different factors that could interrupt operations.

Utilizing cloud analytics, Siemens’ solution called I&C Monitors and Advisors can identify the root cause of false alarms and help eliminate them. By improving the accuracy and reliability of power asset measurements, this technology can increase productivity and profitability.

Siemens will also utilize Remote Resident Engineers, which allows the company’s experts to remotely resolve performance issues and forecast maintenance needs, using a secured network and two-factor authentication to eliminate any cyber risks. The company’s cybersecurity solutions will help protect the power plant’s operations, maximize system uptime and mitigate exposure to vulnerabilities.
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The digitalization of power plant assets will be a key part of POWERGEN Europe in Paris later this year. Click here for details of the event.