KSA inks $212m deal to shore up Jeddah flood plans

Contracting firm Neema lands 12 short term flood protection contracts

Jeddah was ravaged by floods in 2009 and early 2011. Photo: Getty.
Jeddah was ravaged by floods in 2009 and early 2011. Photo: Getty.

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Saudi construction firm Nesma has inked a $212m deal to fortify Jeddah’s flood defences following horrendous floods that swept through the city, killing more than 140 people in 2009 and 2011.

The contract covers 12 projects which all have to be completed within a 110 day timeframe, and will involve major flood water diversion schemes for the city

Makkah’s governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said, “The 12 projects include floodwater drainage at the intersection of Prince Majed Street with Palestine Street; the underpass at the intersection of King Abdullah Road with Madinah Road; the underpass on King Fahd Road where it meets with King Abdullah Road; the intersection of Hail Street with King Abdullah Road; and Khaled bin Waleed Street.”

Two other projects covering flood defences in Umm Al-Khayr and Al-Samer were earlier awarded to another company. Earlier this year, AECOM, the US based technical and management services provider, announced on that it had signed a $171m three-year contract with Saudi Arabia to build infrastructure works to protect Jeddah from floods.

The work comes as a direct result of an order from KSA's ruler earlier this year. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud not only ordered that the areas be restored, but that major flood works be undertaken to prevent flooding from sweeping through the area again.

King Abdullah took personal interest after the flood tore through the region, and demanded that those responsible be referred to the Control and Investigation Board and the Prosecution and Investigation Commission.

The Nesma Holding company was established in 1979 and has its corporate headquarters in Jeddah. It has satellite offices in China, Turkey, Egypt, the UK, UAE and USA. It operates five engineering and construction firms including Neema Eser Onur, a joint venture with a joint venture between ETS ESER Contracting & Industry Co. Inc. and ONUR Contracting Transportation & Trading Co. Ltd., both from Turkey.

The company provides heavy civil and infrastructure construction services such as heavy infrastructure works, landfill and shore protection, roads and highways, bridges, dams, irrigation canals systems, water and sewage systems, sewage treatment plants across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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