ABB has been involved in the planning, construction and commissioning of QCC Lines Nr. 1 & 2 since 1980, which was, coincidently, the beginning of QCC.
IHI was awarded the contract in September 2003. Installation is scheduled to begin in January, 2005 and commissioning in August, 2005. Commercial operation of the new production line is planned to start by end of 2005. The scope of the ABB deliveries encompasses medium- and low-voltage distribution equipment, DriveIT variable speed drives Type ACS1000 and ACS800, with low- and medium-voltage motors, IndustrialIT process control, optimization and instrumentation.
The Qassim Cement Company is located at Buraydah, approximately 300km north-west of Riyadh. The production capacity of cement will be increased by 1.5Mta to 3.15Mta tons per year when the new clinker production line No.3 comes on stream.