The Middle East’s top construction contracts of May 2020

May 2020 saw several countries across the region announce ease on restrictions surrounding COVID-19 pandemic. This move comes as most sectors try to get back on track, and the region’s construction industry follows suit. 

Some of the major contracts were awarded to key players in the industry including McDermott, Target Engineering, Fluor, Averda-SNS JV, Petrofac, among others. 

From Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Project to Abu Dhabi’s Aljurf, Iraq crude oil project to Egypt’s Fayoum wastewater expansion programmme, contracts were awarded for these projects.

The Middle East’s top construction contracts of May 2020 were:

1. US’ Mcdermott wins EPFC contracts for 38 tanks across Saudi Arabia
2. Al Dhabi Contracting wins main contract for IMKAN’s AlJurf
3. Bahrain Works Ministry picks Burj Mushraf for Tubli Educational Garden
4. Target Engineering picks Penspen for Zirku Satah slug catcher project
5. NUSANED, Schmid Group JV to build battery making facility in Dammam
6. Fluor bags contract for AGIC’s propane complex in Saudi’s Jubail
7. TRSDC awards waste management contract to Averda-SNS joint venture
8. Dubai’s EBS awarded steel structures contract within Dubai CommerCity
9. McDermott wins tech contract from Saudi’s Advanced Petrochemical
10. Petrofac wins contract extension with Basra Oil on Iraq crude oil project
11. Stantec to work on Egypt’s Fayoum Wastewater Expansion programme

Please note that this list is not a ranking.

1. US’ Mcdermott wins EPFC contracts for 38 tanks across Saudi Arabia

New York Stock Exchange-listed contracting heavyweight, McDermott International’s CB&I Storage Solutions has been awarded one large and two sizeable contracts for the engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction (EPFC) of 38 tanks and 13 spheres in various locations across Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, McDermott said that a sizable contract is valued between $1m (SAR3.8m) and $50m (SAR188m), while a large contract is between $50m (SAR188m) and $250m (SAR939.8m).

Talking about the contract, senior vice president of CB&I Storage Solutions, Cesar Canals, said: “CB&I Storage Solutions has had a significant presence and strong track record in Saudi Arabia since the 1930s.”

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2. Al Dhabi Contracting wins main contract for IMKAN’s AlJurf

Al Dhabi Contracting LLC has been appointed as the main contractor for Phase 1 of IMKAN’s AlJurf with the contract being valued at $64.2m (AED 236m).

Scheduled for completion in 2022, the first phase of AlJurf, AlJurf Gardens, will see Al Dhabi Contracting LLC build 146 residential and two show villas over a total area of 57,851m2.

The AlJurf development will be IMKAN’s second home coastal destination set along the coast of Sahel Al Emarat, described as the UAE’s Riviera.

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3. Bahrain Works Ministry picks Burj Mushraf for Tubli Educational Garden

Bahrain-based contractor Burj Mushraf Contracting Co, a part of the BMC Group of companies, has secured a Letter of Award (LoA) to build the Tubli Educational Garden project, with the contract being valued at $278,105.2 (BHD104,879.9).

The contract was awarded by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning along with Capital Municipality Bahrain.

Touted as the first-of-its-kind in Bahrain, the project is based on an educational theme.

Burj Mushraf Contracting Co’s scope of work includes, the construction of a boundary wall around the park with gate, educational mural wall and solar system model, construction of a service building, guard room, children’s play area, alphabet numbers and colours area, and a football field.

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4. Target Engineering picks Penspen for Zirku Satah slug catcher project

London-headquartered engineering and project management service provider Penspen has been awarded a contract by Target Engineering Construction Co for slug catcher replacement at the Zirku Satah plant operated by ADNOC Offshore.

The project includes replacement of the existing slug catchers at the plant, located on Zirku Island, with new ones cladded with a corrosion-resistant nickel super alloy. It also covers making modifications to associated pipelines as well as instrumentation and control systems, in addition to electrical, civil, and structural works.

As part of the project, Penspen will carry out detailed engineering services. Its scope of work includes a review of processes, loss prevention, technical safety, mechanical, piping, instrumentation and control, civil, structural, and electrical works, and making materials corrosion-free.

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5. NUSANED, Schmid Group JV to build battery making facility in Dammam

NUSANED Investment, an investment firm owned by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic),  and Germany-based SCHMID Group will together build a GW-scale manufacturing facility for vanadium redox flow batteries in Saudi Arabia’s Dammam third industrial city.

The companies have closed a joint venture (JV) after receiving all required regulatory approvals and fulfilling all closing conditions, with the newly formed JV being named Advance Energy Storage System Investment Company.

According to SCHMID, the JV will support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 economic diversification plans. In the next couple of months, Riwaq Industrial Development Company will join the JV as an additional investor and shareholder.

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6. Fluor bags contract for AGIC’s propane complex in Saudi’s Jubail

New York Stock Exchange-listed (NYSE) engineering and construction firm Fluor has secured a project management consultant contract for Saudi Arabia-based Advanced Global Investment Company (AGIC), a subsidiary of Tadawul-listed polypropylene producer, Advanced Petrochemical.

Fluor will work on AGIC’s new propane dehydrogenation, polypropylene and utilities, and offsites complex, located in Jubail Industrial City.

The company’s scope of work involves providing project management consultant services for front-end engineering design, detailed engineering, procurement and construction, of the project.

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7. TRSDC awards waste management contract to Averda-SNS joint venture

Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) — the developer of the kingdom’s 28,000km2 The Red Sea Project, one of the world’s most ambitious tourism initiatives — has awarded a solid waste management contract to a joint venture between waste management firm Averda and the Saudi Naval Support Company (SNS).

The three-year waste management contract prioritises recycling for the gigaproject, which aims for ‘zero waste to landfill’ even throughout Phase 1 of construction.

The partnership involves collecting and recycling waste generated by administration offices, residential facilities, and construction activities, in addition to meeting the high environmental standards set for the project.

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8. Dubai’s EBS awarded steel structures contract within Dubai CommerCity

A leading manufacturer of steel structures in the Middle East, Emirates Building Systems Co, which was established as subsidiary of Dubai Investments, has been awarded a new contract for engineering, fabrication, and supply of steel structures for the logistics – Block B – business, and social clusters in Dubai CommerCity.

The 195,096m2 city, which is expected to be approximately the size of Grand Central Station in New York, will begin a phased opening from November 2020, EBS confirmed on its official social media accounts.

EBS designs, manufactures, and erects premium-quality steel structures, with products including hot-rolled structures for industrial plants, high rise buildings, and bridges; built-up sections, and pre-engineered buildings; aluminium and steel sheeting; as well as building accessories such as sliding and personnel doors, sky lights, windows, crane rails, and stairs, among others.

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9. McDermott wins tech contract from Saudi’s Advanced Petrochemical

New York Stock Exchange-listed (NYSE) McDermott International has secured a technology contract from Advanced Global Investment Company, a fully-owned subsidiary of Advanced Petrochemical Co. (APC), listed on Tadawul.

McDermott said that the “sizeable” contract — that the contractor values between $1m and $50m — will cover the use of its Lummus Technology that will provide the license and basic engineering package of a C3 CATOFIN unit at APC’s grassroots petrochemical complex in Jubail. The unit will have a propylene production capacity of 764756.7 metric tonnes per annum, which is equivalent to 843,000 metric tons annually.

Speaking about the usage of CATOFIN technology, senior vice president of Lummus Technology, Leon de Bruyn said: “The CATOFIN technology that Lummus licenses worldwide, alongside our partner Clariant, provides a highly reliable, lower-cost route to propylene, with a lower carbon footprint.

De Bruyn added: “APC’s decision to proceed with CATOFIN technology for their second unit is a testament to the successful operation of their PDH unit and consistent performance as a top quartile PDH complex,” said Leon de Bruyn, Senior Vice President, Lummus Technology.

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10. Petrofac wins contract extension with Basra Oil on Iraq crude oil project

London Stock Exchange-listed Petrofac revealed that its engineering and production services division (EPS) has secured a six-month contract extension with Basra Oil Company (BOC) for the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project (ICOEEP), which it started working on in November 2012.

In a statement, Petrofac said that the contract extension is “a recognition of its successful seven-and-a-half-year track record of safe and efficient delivery and ability to sustain and improve export levels” as the operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider.

Located 60km offshore the Al Fao Peninsula in Southern Iraq, the facility handles around 50% of Iraq’s crude oil exports; and is touted as one of the largest export terminals in the Gulf, Petrofac revealed.

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11. Stantec to work on Egypt’s Fayoum Wastewater Expansion programme

Toronto Stock Exchange-listed design and consulting services provider Stantec has been picked as the project implementation support and contract supervision consultant to manage the large-scale construction programme for the Fayoum wastewater expansion project by Egyptian Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW).

The project includes expansion of wastewater treatment, water reuse capabilities, and the system sewerage network.

Valued at $506.9m, the Fayoum Wastewater Expansion programme is being financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and co-financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union’s Neighbourhood Investment Facility, and the Egyptian government.

As part of the contract, Stantec will be responsible for design services related to network infrastructure and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), procurement support, project implementation support, development of a training plan, capacity building, contract management, and construction supervision services.

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