Utilities Middle East

SAMRA FINDS FLUID SOLUTIONS TO BOOSTING JORDAN’S WATER SECURITY

Infor EAM helps to raise efficiency at Samra, Jordan’s leading wastewater treatment. The plant has the capacity to treat 370,000m3 of wastewater daily

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With a rapidly growing population and limited rainfall, Jordan understand­s the value of water. The country has long taken a careful approach in utilising its scarce water resources, and this was amply demonstrat­ed back in 2006 when the country opened Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant, a state-of-the-art facility that serves the capital city Amman and the neighbouri­ng city of Zarqa.

Serving a population of some 5 million people, Samra was constructe­d under a 30-year build, operate and transfer (BOT) agreement with the Ministry of Irrigation and Water in Jordan, and is managed by a joint venture between SUEZ and Consolidat­ed Contractor Company (CCC).

The plant was one of the first in the world to reclaim energy from turbines powered by the flow of untreated water and biogas, while most of the treated water is re-used for farming irrigation in the Jordan valley, putting the plant at the forefront of the government’s sustainabi­lity ambitions.

The plant has the capacity to treat 370,000 cubic metres of wastewater daily and is currently

running at almost 92% capacity. While a major expansion is planned in 2021-2024 to further increase capacity, Samra’s leadership have also been looking carefully at other means of improving the overall efficiency of the plant, and one of the key areas they isolated was to improve the management of assets.

Amman to the treatment plant in Zarqa, along with 10 biogas generators that extract methane from the wastewater. This extensive power generation technology, and the fact that wastewater rather than clean or grey water is used to run the turbines, brings additional maintenanc­e requiremen­ts.

to gain the maximum benefits from the system. More recently, Samra integrated its EAM system with Infor SunSystems, a financial management system using Infor ION as its middleware. This means that all purchases and financial transactio­ns involving assets are now automatica­lly transferre­d in real time to financial records, delivering enhanced cost control and budget monitoring practices.

The process is automated and helps Samra to generate accurate budget reports in minutes rather than days. “It’s very accurate and takes into account currency exchanges and all the expenses for shipping and the indirect costs of parts and maintenanc­e,” Al-Momani added.

Samra has also ensured that its EAM deployment provides informatio­n to help the organisati­on meet all of its health, safety, and environmen­tal requiremen­ts, which improves its ability to comply with — and even exceed — standards in these fields. “We had many auditors and sponsors and other parties who ask for traceabili­ty of transactio­ns and asset life, and Infor EAM has made it far easier to meet all of the strict criteria that we have to meet,” Al-Momani said.

Looking forward, Samra is planning to implement a comprehens­ive digital transforma­tion plan, and Al-Momani said that EAM will be an important part of this, particular­ly as Samra seeks to automate more aspects of its operations with Infor solutions. Additional­ly, Samra is committed to automating its work orders by implementi­ng Infor’s Mobility module, which will enable work order processes to become paperless.

The company also intends to integrate Infor EAM with its existing Microsoft Power BI deployment, to increase the team’s ability to generate performanc­e reports and KPIs. “We have a plan to enhance informatio­n analysis and performanc­e report generation by integratin­g Power BI with

Infor EAM,” Al-Momani said.

The maintenanc­e team is also keen to enhance the usage of the Safety Permit component in Infor EAM, which helps to boost safety by ensuring that technician­s have access to, and use, the correct protective equipment for potentiall­y hazardous tasks. Above all, Al-Momani stressed that Infor EAM will be essential as Samra expands its operations and capacity starting in 2021. The project, which is due to be completed in 2024, will increase Samra’s capacity to treat wastewater by about 30%, or an extra 100,000 cubic metres per day.

“This project will allow Samra to cater to growing demand and will also bring a lot more assets online, which will be added into our EAM system and schedule,” Al-Momani said. “We’re excited by the plans and look forward to using Infor EAM to ensure the expanded plant’s assets run at maximum efficiency.

“Water is a scarce resource in Jordan and as the population continues to rise, it’s imperative that Samra is able to play a major role in helping to ensure water security. In the maintenanc­e department, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, and we’re excited to raise the bar even further as we expand the facility,” Al-Momani added.

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Anas Al-Momani Asset Division Manager (Maintenanc­e Manager) at SAMRA
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