Jacobs Bags Saudi Shipyard Contract
American international technical professional services firm Jacobs will deliver design engineering services for what will be the largest shipyard on the Arabian Gulf: the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services at Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia
A press announcement stated that Jacobs has been selected by SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corporation to deliver engineering services for Packages 4, 5 and 6 of the Complex.
Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Senior Vice President and General Manager Patrick Hill said: "This award continues Jacobs' long-term commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where we have mobilized world-leading engineering expertise to support the ongoing diversification of the Saudi Arabian economy."
"Our partnership with SEPCO continues the established track record with Chinese civil and marine contractors to deliver major infrastructure developments across the globe," he added.
The shipyard complex covers an area of 4.3 square kilometres and, when complete, will be the largest in the region, providing a combination of offshore structures fabrication, new ship building and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. The Jacobs team will deliver detailed design services to the project including piers, dry-docks, ship lift, buildings, supporting infrastructure, utilities, telecommunications and security systems.
The project, owned by Saudi Aramco and its JV partners, is closely aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, the government's strategy to grow and diversify the Saudi economy. It aims to leverage the rapidly growing maritime needs in the Kingdom and build local manufacturing and design capabilities, while delivering a world-class facility that will provide an unprecedented mix of products and services in the region.
"SEPCO awarded the engineering contract to Jacobs with the expectation of leveraging their global engineering expertise on this project," said SEPCO Project Manager Zhang ZhongXiang. "We look forward to a successful venture that will play a major role in the development of projects in alignment with Saudi Vision 2030."
Jacobs has a buildings and infrastructure team of approximately 1,250 employees across the Middle East who leverage their strong local knowledge and project experience, underpinned by Jacobs' global network, to deliver a range of services to clients cross the infrastructure and built environment markets.