Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Management (HSSE)
The plant has been designed in such a way that it fulfills the stringent requirements of the environmental impact assessment that had been undertaken prior to starting the project. The plant owners and the operator are committed to sustainable operation of the equipment and to operate and maintain the plant safely at all times.
There are 13 Electrostatic Precipitators (EP) that serve as the first filtration devices to remove fine particles from the flowing flue gas before entering the wet Flue Gas Desulphurization units. By inducing electrostatic charge, the EPs effectively separate the solid particles producing ash. The ash produced by the EP units is stored temporarily in an ash silo, and is regularly collected for proper disposal.
Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) System
One of the key aspects in the overall design of the Rabigh IWSPP is to make Plant operation environmentally acceptable. In addition to the EPs, we have been able to achieve this with the installation of the first wet Flue Gas Desulphurization (“FGD”) system ever to be built in Saudi Arabia, relying on locally-supplied limestone.
The FGD system is designed to go beyond meeting all current local and international environmental standards with regard to emissions. Indeed, it reduces sulfur in the exhaust significantly below the applicable legal requirements and contributes strongly to improving the ambient sulfur concentrations in the area.
The main function of the FGD is to control the amount of sulfur dioxide (“SO2”) emitted into the atmosphere. The Rabigh IWSPP is configured with five (5) FGD units. By utilizing the limestone forced-oxidation system, the amount of SO2 in the flue gas is significantly reduced and an oxidized gypsum product is produced. The produced gypsum is partly recycled and utilized in local cement plants as part of the cement production process.
Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality Policy
Operational success can only be achieved with a strong commitment to health, safety, environment and quality. Hence, RAWEC is collectively striving to protect the health and safety of its employees and contractors, the environment and the community, and to meet its off-taker’s high quality and ever-growing requirements.
Not only does the company ensure it complies with all applicable local legislations, it also adheres to international world class health, safety, environmental and quality processes and standards. These form part of its core values.
RAWEC ensures that all industrial safety and HSE policies are effectively communicated and reviewed on regular basis