Officials did not disclose the contract value, however noted that Jacobs’ offices in Winnersh, United Kingdom; Mumbai, India; and Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia are supporting ISACC for the pre-contract award activities.
The facility is the first of its kind in the Kingdom and the Gulf Cooperation Council to produce soda ash (sodium carbonate) and calcium chloride. These products, currently being imported, are used in oil and gas drilling operations, as well as in the manufacture of glass and detergents. Following award of the engineering, procurement and construction contract, Jacobs is also providing the project management services up to the plant start-up.
ISACC Managing Director & CEO Abdulaziz A-Muaiyyad stated, “We are excited to be working with Jacobs, in their capacity as our PMC (project management consultant) partner, for this strategic project for the Kingdom. The project will make a significant contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia’s non-oil economy with all basic materials secured from mines within Saudi Arabia.”
Jacobs Group Vice President Bob Irvin stated, “We are pleased to bring our long experience and expertise in the field of engineering services and project management in the region to this project. It is the first of its kind in the Kingdom and we fully recognize the importance of increasing the participation of the chemical industries sector in the national economy.”
The commissioning production run is scheduled to start by end of 2014 and commercial operations are expected to follow in the first quarter of 2015. Work is currently in progress to secure all the other necessary utilities to run the project. ISACC is setting up a new entity — Jubail Inorganic Chemicals Industries Company — to run the new facility.
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