Drake & Scull sews up major MEP contracts

MEP contractor, Drake & Scull International (DSI), has picked up a US $44.4 million (AED163 million) engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for Saudi Iron & Steel Company's (Hadeed) district cooling system.

Concorde Tower is a recent DSI win.
Concorde Tower is a recent DSI win.

MEP contractor, Drake & Scull International (DSI), has picked up a US $44.4 million (AED163 million) engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for Saudi Iron & Steel Company's (Hadeed) district cooling system.

Hadded is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). Zamil Industrial is the client. Completion of the work is expected by February 2010.

In November 2007, Zamil Industrial, signed a 22-year energy performance contract with SABIC for the complete outsourcing of a cooling plant to supply up to 20,000 tonnes of refrigeration at Hadeed.

DSI, through its Industrial Water and Power division, will design and build the district cooling plant to centralise the entire AC system, which currently consists of individual units.

This will create significant energy savings of approximately 30%, and an increase in the overall efficiency of the plant.

Khaldoun Tabari, chief executive officer of Drake & Scull International said: "Saudi Arabia is one of our focus markets and we are delighted to have been given this opportunity to utilise one of our core strengths."

"We are pleased to have won this contract. Drake and Scull has extensive expertise in designing and executing large scale district cooling plants. Having successfully completed major projects across the UAE, we are looking forward to taking this expertise into new markets."

Last week, DSI also picked up a $12.4 million MEP contract for the Concorde Tower project that is to be built in Jumeirah Lake Towers by developer 32Group.

Al Rostamani Pegel is the contractor on the development while Arif & Bintoak is the consultant. DSI has been given until the end of this year to complete the work.

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