Saudi Arabia: Engineering Mc Dermott Announces Breaking Ground Ceremony for New Fabrication Unit in KSA
Mc Dermott’s new 1.2 million square meter fabrication facility will be built within the King Salman International Complex in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia which is expected to be the largest maritime industries complex in the Middle East.
Ras Al-Khair/Saudi Arabia – Saudi Aramco and Mc Dermott have reached a significant milestone with Mc Dermott breaking ground on its new fabrication facility within the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia. The overall site which is being developed by Saudi Aramco is expected to be the largest maritime industries complex in the Kingdom and the Middle East region in terms of production, capacity and scale.
Within the development, Mc Dermott is building a state-of-the-art facility spanning 1.2 million square meters. The facility will include offices, pre-fabrication shops, blasting and painting shops and large assembly shops capable of fabricating platforms and modules for both offshore and onshore projects for Saudi Aramco and other customers in the region. The unit will incorporate up to 80,000 square meters of covered shops to house the latest automation technology and will also include a 580-meter reinforced bulkhead providing marine access.
“The King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services would offer opportunities for strategic industries to operate and flourish in the Kingdom and enable localising the maritime industry,” said Ahmad A. Al-Sa'adi, Saudi Aramco Senior Vice President of Technical Services. “With Mc Dermott breaking ground, we move a step closer to the complex acting as a hub for job creation and supply chain development in accordance with Saudi Vision 2030 objectives,” added said Mohammad Al Assaf , Saudi Aramco Vice President of New Business Development.
“This project will see a new world-class Mc Dermott yard with innovative equipment, technology and processes. As the first EPC contractor to establish a full-scale fabrication facility in Saudi Arabia, we will build on generations of knowledge and experience within Mc Dermott to create something extraordinary. But this project is also about people, and we will continue building our in-Kingdom engineering and procurement offices as well as sourcing and developing local talent on all levels in the company,” said Linh Austin , Mc Dermott Senior Vice President, Middle East and North Africa.
In March 2019, Saudi Aramco signed a land lease agreement with Mc Dermott Arabia Company, a subsidiary of Mc Dermott International to grant Mc Dermott a lease to establish this fabrication facility. Under the provisions of the land lease agreement, Mc Dermott will benefit from the complex wide infrastructure that is being developed by Saudi Aramco. Such infrastructure includes employee accommodation, medial facilities and recreation areas that will support Mc Dermott in attracting and retaining a workforce with a significant Saudi national content.