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Jacobs wins engineering deal on new soda ash unit in Saudi Arabia

01.04.2012  | 

Jacobs has been awarded a contract from IDEA Soda Ash and Calcium Chloride Co. (ISACC) for engineering and project management on a $300 million soda ash and calcium chloride plant at Jubail's Second Industrial City. Commercial operations are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.


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.

Officials 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 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 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 said.

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aamir bashir

i also work in soda ash plant as a apprantas ship of two year in chemical


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Mr. Tanvir Ahmad (ICI Pakistan) and A. Reza Foolad (SPC, Shiraz, IRAN0, we wish to source soda ash for IRAN, please contact me at astergreen@gmail.com


I am working in G.H.C.L Ltd. Gujarat India - Soda Ash plant with
25 years. I am willing to work in KSA at sodaash plant.

ghulam rabbani malik

I have worked with ICI Soda Ash Khewra Pakistan for 35 years. I am master of inventory management and MRP. I have full command to operate the both module through SAP.

Tanvir Ahmad

I am working in ICI pakistan ltd. soda ash plant. the largest producer of soda ash in Pakistan. I am willing to work in KSA at soda ash plant.

Eng. Mishaal Al-Orayer

I do not feel that producing Ca Cl is a good IDEA it does not have a real market. Putting this plant in Jubail is impossible, it will never be approved enviromentally.

A. Reza Foolad

We have a Soda Ash plant with a capacity of 120,000 TPY of soda ash at our SPC site in Shiraz, IRAN. Furthermore, in our plant , we produce something about the same amount of Calcium Chloride but it is not pure. It is mixed with some impurities and we send it to our lagoons and it is wasted now.
If you are interested in it for its CaCl2 content, we could purify it and sell it to you.

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