Zamil Projects to provide HVAC for Rabigh plant

Air conditioning arm to usen seawater techology to cool facilities

Zamil will install systems on an EPC basis. Picture illustration only.
Zamil will install systems on an EPC basis. Picture illustration only.

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A unit of Zamil Industrial’s air conditioning business has won an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the HVAC system at Rabigh power plant worth SAR 142.25m ($37.93m).

The contract, signed yesterday by Zamil Projects, was awarded by main contractor for the Rabigh 6 project Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Company.

The Rabigh 6 thermal power plant project site is located 150 kilometers north of Jeddah on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast, owned by Saudi Electruicity Company, the state-backed power supplier. Construction of the plant will be completed over six stages, of which this is the second.

When all stages are finished, the total generation capacity of the plant will be 2,800 MW produced by four separate facilities, each with a 700 MW capacity. The new power plant will operate on a 'conventional reheat rankine cycle'.

According to the agreement with Doosan, a Korean heavy industry contractor, Zamil Projects will provide all essential HVAC system engineering, supply, installation, testing and commissioning services for approximately 46 buildings, including the gas turbine and Boiler Switchgear Buildings, Central Control Building, and Central HVAC Building.

Zamil Projects plans to use seawater instead of air as the main device to extract the HVAC heat load from the plant – so-called sea water-cooled centrifugal chillers - which is why the plant is located along the coast.

Other cooling instruments to be provided by Zamil Projects include emergency air-cooled chillers, chilled water air handling units, double skin air handling units, package units, split units, fans, pumps, expansion tanks, DDC type control system with BMS/workstation, as well as chilled water piping and ducting works.

It is expected that the project will be commissioned in 2013, with final acceptance in December 2015. Zamil Project’s said the proceeds of the deal will show up on the company balance sheet at the completion of each stage.

Zamil’s air conditioning business is one part of the construction facing conglomerate of the Tadawul-listed Zamil Industrial Investment Company, which also has significant subsidiaries producing steel, glass, mirrors and insulation. The company has a market capitalisation of SAR 1.53bn ($407.9m).

Zamil Industrial, based in Dammam, saw net profits fall 28% to SAR 84.70 million for the first half of 2011. Its shares were static yesterday at SAR 25.5.
 

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