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Podcast: Saudi Aramco megaproject sparks jobs, GDP growth

CW's latest podcast episode explores the immediate and long-term impacts of the 50km² Spark

HE Khalid Al-Falih is Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, and Saudi Aramco's chairman.
Saudi Aramco
HE Khalid Al-Falih is Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, and Saudi Aramco's chairman.

Saudi Arabia kicked off construction on the King Salman Energy Park (Spark) this month, initiating work on a megaproject of critical importance to the kingdom's Vision 2030 initiative.

In this podcast episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, the editorial team explores the socio-economic impact of Spark and runs through the key features of the three-phase development that covers a total land area of more than 50km².

Located in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province between the populous cities of Dammam and Al-Ahsa, Spark will be a hub for energy, industrialisation, technology, and innovation.

State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco will be the anchor company at Spark, which has already enticed top players, such as Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, and Halliburton, to set up offices in the area.

You can listen to the full podcast here. Make sure you like it, share it, and subscribe to our Soundcloud account.

Another bite-sized podcast will be published at midday on New Year’s Eve.

While you’re waiting for the next episode, why not check out some of our most popular podcasts from 2018? These include a chat about smart cities with Chris Seymour from Mott MacDonald; a talk with Transguard’s managing director, Greg Ward, about three things he wants to change in the facilities management industry; and views from Ciaran McCormack, regional director Middle East from Linesight, who believes contractors need to be given a “fighting chance” in contracts.

The threat of cyberattacks, solar energy projects, preserving the Gulf’s architectural heritage, and the take-off for drones in the Middle East are some of the top audio guides previously published by Construction Week.

Please remember to subscribe to Construction Week's YouTube and SoundCloud accounts to stay up-to-date with the latest on Middle East construction. To volunteer yourself or a colleague as a guest speaker on Construction Week Viewpoint, please contact Oscar Rousseau.

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