Dammam – Saudi Aramco signed a contract with a consortium including Saudi Archirodon Company Ltd and Huta Hegerfeld AG Saudia Company for dredging, reclamation and marine structures for the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services in the city of Ras al-Khair.
With investments reaching $6 billion, King Salman International Complex is an ambitious project that will help drive the Kingdom’s economic diversity and growth and localize energy sector industries.
Its location in the strategic Ras al-Khair area enables the complex to meet the construction needs of offshore oil and gas rigs, offshore platforms and support vessels, and a variety of maritime equipment and commercial vessels It will also provide them with maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
The contract is the first of its kind where contractors will conduct dredging and reclamation of about 37 million cubic meters of fill, in addition to ground improvement over an area of 7.4 million square meters.
The contract will also provide for constructing 4,500 linear meters of concrete quay walls and wharves and 12,000 linear meters of rock revetments and breakwaters to protect the integrity of the complex.
Saudi Aramco’s Senior Vice President for Technical Services Ahmed al-Sa’adi stated that it is an important milestone for King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services.
“The Complex is in line with the Kingdom’s economic diversification objectives, it will position the Kingdom as a strategic logistics hub and will create vast job opportunities,” he added.
Initial phase of the contract will be fully executed by 2020 and it is crucial for the whole program as it will prepare the project’s land for subsequent construction of a dry dock and ship building and maintenance facilities.
Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz inaugurated the complex in November 2016 in Ras al-Khair, north of Jubail industrial city in the Eastern Province.
The complex complements the growth of the Saudi energy industry and helps to meet the development and diversification objectives outlined by Saudi Vision 2030.
The facility will offer quality, efficiency and economies of scale, and when completed will offer vessel and rig build, maintenance, repair and overhaul services. The project will comply with all of the Saudi government’s environmental and sustainability requirements.