Soda Ash Jacob Engineering Builds Soda Ash Plant in Saudi Arabia
Jacobs Engineering was selected for a new soda ash project in Jubail/Saudi Arabia. The 800,000 tonnes/year facility will be the first of its kind in the region, company officials stated.
Riad/Saudi Arabia – Saudi-based Idea Soda Ash and Calcium Chloride Company (Isacc) selected Jacobs Engineering for the construction of a new soda ash and calcium chloride production facility in Jubail. The SR 1.1 billion (US $ 293.3 million) project will be the first of its kind in the Kingdom and Gulf region, said Abdulaziz Yahya Al-Muaiyyad, managing director and CEO of Isacc.
Jacobs will provide engineering and project management services for the 800,000 tonnes/year facility. “The project will provide the Kingdom’s requirements for Soda Ash and Calcium Chloride, used in oil and gas drilling operations and the manufacture of glass and detergents, which are currently being imported from outside sources,” Al-Muaiyyad stated.
Comissioning is expected for late 2014 with commercial operations beginning in 2015. Commenting on the venture, Dr Irvine, Group vice president of Jacobs, said: “This project is the first of its kind in the Kingdom and we are especially pleased that Jacobs Engineering has been selected to carry out the engineering services and management of the project since we fully recognize the importance of increasing the participation of the chemical industries sector in the national economy.”