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New Fibre Optic Telecoms and CCTV Network for Saudi Paraffin and Derivatives Complex

Farabi Petrochemicals Company (FPC) is one the world’s largest manufacturers of normal paraffin and linear alkylbenzene using latest UOP technology. The new FPC refinery complex was inaugurated by the custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz in June 2006 during his landmark visit to Jubail Industrial City. FPC selected Jubail Industrial City for the location of its new Paraffin and Derivatives Complex due to is strategic location, providing competitive advantages such as feedstock supplies, key utilities, new infrastructure and access to a world class port terminal for bulk and container shipments for all its products, enabling it to compete in the global market.

Cubis Systems was approached to provide a network access and cable protection solution for the complex’s new fibre optic telecoms and CCTV network. Timeliness and ease of installation was of utmost importance due to the 8,600 metres of MULTIduct™ cable protection units, as well as 127 STAKKAbox™ Fortress access pits and AX-S™ composite covers that were required. Full installation was completed within 50 days, in comparison to traditional installation of concrete products which require the need for specialist machinery.

Cubis’ cable protection system, MULTIduct™, offered an innovative, lightweight, structural, multiple duct solution that provided a modern alternative to traditional cable ducting. The installation of MULTIduct™ at the FPC site required the full range of MULTIduct™ accessories such as bend mitres, Y lateral break out units and socket end caps. MULTIduct™ units feature a square duct space that has 25% more capacity compared to traditional ducting, along with unique smooth internal walls for easier cable pulling and no sharp edges for cable damage. The system’s design allows for seamless integration with Cubis’ range of access pit products, such as STAKKAbox™ Fortress, enabling for enhanced cable management and network access.

The STAKKAbox™ Fortress pit system comprises of modular scalable components that are easily connectable. Each component is lightweight (under 25kg) making them suitable for a single person lift under manual handling regulations. This thereby eliminated the need for heavy plant machinery on site, a requirement that was requested by the FPC due to the scale and remoteness of installation around the vast site. The STAKKAbox™ Fortress system was also supplied alongside a wide range of accessories and covers that assisted with further time savings, and allowed for simple installation, connection, backfilling and completion.