Saudi: Work begins at $2.1bn gas complex in Jazan
Saudi Arabia’s Jazan Gas Projects Company has broken ground at its $2.1bn gas complex, which is set to become the largest industrial gas facility in the world
Jazan Gas Projects Company (JGPC) has broken ground at its $2.1bn (SAR7.9bn) gas complex in Jazan, Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Aramco awarded the contract for the project to ACWA Holding and Air Products in 2015. Following the contract award, the two companies formed JGPC, a joint venture that will build, own, and operate the facility.
The gas complex will serve Saudi Aramco’s Jazan Refinery and Terminal. Once completed, it will become the largest industrial gas facility in the world.
Commenting at the ground-breaking ceremony, Mohammad Abunayyan, majority shareholder and chairman of the boards of JGPC and ACWA Holding, said: “Since the contract was awarded, we are very proud to have demonstrated outstanding infrastructure financing, which has enabled us to be well advanced with the build schedule.
“We have also recruited a highly skilled team to manage operations and underpin our values for exceptional quality and customer service.”
The gas complex will require 600MW to operate, and will consist of six air separation trains. Technology developed by Air Products will be used to produce the oxygen and nitrogen needed to generate gas for the facility’s generators.
The integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant will be able to generate enough electricity to cover the needs of Jazan Refinery and Terminal, Jazan Economic City, and other small industries, according to JGPC.
The complex will supply 75,000 tonnes of industrial gas – 20,000 tonnes of oxygen and 55,000 tonnes of nitrogen – to the Saudi Aramco refinery for a period of 20 years.
"Construction on-site started a month earlier than planned, initial drawings have been issued, and we have a clear plan of mobilisation to Jazan from this date,” said Abunayyan. “Together, we will continue to drive strong performance across the company, and look forward to the commissioning of the most advanced industrial gas facility in 2018 in tandem with the refinery.”
Once operational, the gas complex will create an estimated 100 local jobs, according to JGPC.