McDermott, Saudi Aramco break ground on SAFIRA fabrication yard
The facility is located within the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services in Ras Al-Khair
The world’s largest oil producer Saudi Aramco and American EPCI heavyweight McDermott have marked the beginning of construction activities for the SAFIRA fabrication yard, with the companies having broken ground on the project, located within the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services in Ras Al-Khair.
Developed by Saudi Aramco, the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services is expected to be the largest maritme industries complex in the Kingdom and the Middle East region in terms of production, capacity, and scale.
McDermott is constructing the 1.2km2 facility, which comprises offices, pre-fabrication shops, as well as blasting and painting shops. Additionally, the facility will also be home to assembly shops that can fabricate platforms and modules for both offshore and onshore projects for Saudi Aramco and other customers in the region.
The facility will feature up to 80,000m2 of covered shops that will be a hub for the latest automation technology and will also include a 580m reinforced bulkhead providing marine access.
In March 2019, Saudi Aramco inked a land lease deal with McDermott Arabia Company, a subsidiary of McDermott International, to set up the fabrication facility.
Speaking about the project, senior vice president of technical services at Saudi Aramco, Ahmad A. Al-Sa’adi, said: "The King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services would offer opportunities for strategic industries to operate and flourish in the Kingdom and enable localising the maritime industry."
Meanwhile, Saudi Aramco’s vice president of new business development, Mohammad Al assaf, said that “McDermott and other anchor tenants” will be able to establish their facilities within the complex, adding that the complex will be “a hub for job creation and supply chain development in accordance with Saudi Vision 2030 objectives”.
McDermott’s senior vice president for the Middle East and North Africa, Linh Austin, said: “As the first EPC Contractor to establish a full-scale fabrication facility in Saudi Arabia, we will build on generations of knowledge and experience within McDermott to create something extraordinary.”