By Sam Bridge
New fabrication facility is being built by McDermott within the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services in Ras Al-Khair
US engineering firm McDermott has broken ground on a 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 Middle East region in terms of production, capacity and scale.
Within the development, McDermott is building a facility spanning 1.2 million square metres that 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 facility will incorporate up to 80,000 square metres of covered shops to house the latest automation technology and will also include a 580-metre 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 localizing the maritime industry," said Ahmad A Al-Sa'adi, Saudi Aramco senior vice president of technical services.
"With McDermott 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 Mohammad Al Assaf, Saudi Aramco vice president of new business development.
David Dickson, McDermott president and CEO, said: "This project will see a new world-class McDermott 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 McDermott to create something extraordinary."
In March 2019, Saudi Aramco signed an agreement with McDermott Arabia Company, a subsidiary of McDermott International, to grant McDermott a lease to establish the fabrication facility.