By Andy Sambidge
Aecom Technology Corp picked to improve city's flood defences after 122 people died in 2009 disaster
US-based Aecom Technology Corporation announced on Wednesday that it had won a $171m order to work on a new flood control system in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Aecom said it will provide project management services including a consultancy, engineering, and construction services contract for a citywide storm water, flood-control, and wastewater infrastructure improvement programme.
Floods in Jeddah in November 2009 resulted in the deaths of more than 120 people and rendered about 10,000 people homeless while thousands of homes, buildings and vehicles were also destroyed.
Under the contract, Aecom will supervise emergency and long-term solutions against natural disasters, especially flooding.
"We are very excited to play the lead role in support of Jeddah's infrastructure improvement plan," said Aecom president and CEO John M. Dionisio.
"This flood-control and wastewater program will enhance the quality of life for the city's approximately 3.2 million residents," he added in a statement.
The tasks to be undertaken by Aecom include building dams and other flood control barriers; constructing drainage canals and storm water reservoirs and resolving Jeddah's most vulnerable flood points.
The contract also involves preparing comprehensive studies for undeveloped areas; implementing comprehensive infrastructure improvements to solve the sewerage problems in Jeddah; and establishing a disaster-management centre for Makkah Province.
The programme will be executed over the course of several years with the completion of the flood control improvements scheduled for 2013, Aecom said.
Last month, Saudi officials said more than 300 people and 30 companies are being investigated as part of a probe into the Jeddah floods in November 2009.