CW In Focus | Saudi Arabia construction projects update

From utilities to industrial schemes, some of the world's largest construction projects are progressing in Saudi Arabia

Some of the world's largest construction projects are under way in Saudi Arabia, and the last few months have seen major progress being made on these developments. 

Saudi Arabia’s government-owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) revealed earlier this year that construction work on its reverse osmosis desalination plant located in Al Khobar region was 55% complete. The plant has a capacity to desalinate 210,000 m3 of water per day.

The company said that the project also hit a new milestone after it recorded 1.3 million safe man hours without lost time injury.

The plant will supply 110,000 m3 of desalinated water to the eastern region every day, in addition to 75,000 m3 for Saudi Aramco’s Ajyal project and 25,000 m3 to King Salman Energy City, also known as Spark. 

In July 2018, SWCC picked Acciona Auga for an engineering, procurement, and construction  contract for the desalination plant, which is located about 400km from Riyadh.

In another project update, Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) revealed that it had completed construction work on water reservoirs in the kingdom’s Rafhaa governorate with a total capacity of 54,000 m3. The value of the project is $7.2m (SAR27m).

Comprising three 18,000 m3 strategic reservoirs, the project will provide 2,853 water connections in the governorate, which will be enough to fulfil water needs of more than 15,000 people.

Construction work for the project included building a facility for pumps and one for chlorine, in addition to the installation of 7km of pipework and an area for technicians.

The reservoir will additionally provide a parallel supply to the overhead tank in Al-Rawdah district and Al-Ta'awun district's plant.

A direct supply to the water network in the districts of Al-Shamal, Al-Jumaimaa and Al-Yarmouk will also be provided as part of the project.

Another project update came from Tadawul-listed Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem), which has completed the periodic turnaround maintenance work for its acetic acid plant, which is part of its affiliate International Acetate Company.

In a stock market missive, the company revealed that startup activities for the plant commenced on 3 August, 2019. According to Sipchem, the financial impact of the project will be reflected in Q3 2019 financial results.

This episode of Construction Week In Focus sees Ranju Warrier, reporter at Construction Week, round up the top project progress announcements made in Saudi Arabia last month. 

Construction Week In Focus is a twice-weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development and contracting sectors. The series is hosted on Construction Week's YouTube channel, alongside weekly series published by its sister titles. The latter includes MEP Engineered by MEP Middle EastFM Live by facilities management Middle East, and Heavy Metal by PMV Middle East.

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Construction Week In Focus episodes are published each Sunday and Wednesday. Heavy Metal episodes are published on Mondays, and FM Live updates are presented on Tuesdays. MEP Engineered rounds off the week each Thursday. All videos are published at 4.30pm Dubai time. 

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