Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a contract from
IDEA Soda Ash and Calcium Chloride Co. (ISACC) to provide
engineering and project management for a $300
million soda ash and calcium chloride plant at Jubail's Second
Industrial City in Saudi Arabia.
did not disclose the contract value. They said that Jacobs'
offices in Winnersh, UK, Mumbai, India, and Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia,
would support 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, the companies said.
The products, currently being imported, are used in oil and
drilling operations, as well as in the manufacture of glass
Following award of the engineering, procurement and construction contract, Jacobs is
also providing the project management services up to
the plant startup, it said.
ISACC CEO Abdulaziz A-Muaiyyad said: "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 vice president Bob Irvin added: "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, the companies said.
ISACC is setting up a new entity - Jubail Inorganic
Chemicals Industries Co. - to run the new facility, it