Almar Water Solutions to develop $600m desalination plant

From left, Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, minister of environmental water and agriculture; Eiji Hijikata Marubeni, senior operating officer; and Fady M. Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel Company.
Updated 30 January 2019
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Almar Water Solutions to develop $600m desalination plant

Almar Water Solutions, part of Abdul Latif Jameel, has been awarded a contract to develop a desalination plant in the city of Shuqaiq, on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. Over $600 million will be invested in the project, creating 700 jobs, in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and its objectives to increase investment and employment opportunities.

The large-scale plant will have a capacity of 450,000 cubic meters per day, guaranteeing reliable drinking water for over 1.8 million citizens. Scheduled for completion in Q4 2021, the project will be developed under a 25-year build-own-operate (BOO) scheme contract.

A consortium comprising Marubeni Corporation, Abdul Latif Jameel Commercial Development Company, Acciona Agua and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co. signed the water purchase agreement during a ceremony in Riyadh on Jan. 28. Fady M. Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel Company, said: “Innovative energy-intensive water schemes are essential to meeting the rising demand of our region and the world’s growing population for water.”

With decades of proven international expertise in this field, we are committed to providing the people of Saudi Arabia with sustainable and effective water solutions. We look forward to the completion of the project, which will guarantee safe and reliable drinking water supply for over 1.8 million people.”


Berkeley celebrates winning Queen’s Award

Updated 22 July 2019
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Berkeley celebrates winning Queen’s Award

Berkeley Engineering Consultants (BEC), a single access point for specialist engineering services for the global oil and gas sector, is celebrating winning the Queen’s Award for International Trade. It is a major achievement, with BEC being one of just over 200 companies to have been recognized out of more than 4 million registered businesses.

BEC CEO Irteza Piracha said: “Winning the Queen’s Award represents another major milestone in our journey. We have built our success on offering an innovative and flexible approach to supporting our clients, who are some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies.” 

Announced once a year, the Queen’s Awards are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognizing outstanding achievement among UK-based companies in four categories, which also include Innovation, Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility and Sustainable Development. 

BEC is one of just a handful of organizations supporting the oil and gas sector recognized in the Queen’s Awards this year.

The company is a strategic partner to major names in oil and gas, including Saudi Aramco and their joint venture partners, providing process-engineering services that enable its clients to select the safest, most efficient and cost-effective designs for their processing facilities. 

Its activities encompass extraction, refining, petrochemical and petrochemical-processing projects.

Piracha said: “In the Kingdom, we are supported by Saudi Aramco and their joint venture investments, which underpin our success. The company has expanded from the Alkhobar hub to Rabigh and Yanbu over the past three years. We appreciate the governmental functions to support foreign investors in Saudi Arabia and have found the process and encouragement of officials to be supportive of what we are seeking to achieve. 

“Aligned with Vision 2030, we completely recognize this is a place to be and look forward to supporting the growth plans of our customers and the Kingdom. We will continue to support our clients by being physically close to them and we continue to open offices in strategic locations to support their needs.”

He added: “A very special thank you to each of the employees and their families for their belief in the owners and their ideals.”

Based in London, with an engineering office in Reading, BEC employs engineering specialists delivering high-value, optimal cost-driven client solutions. 

It operates from additional facilities worldwide, including Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and South Korea, and opened a new dedicated office in Oman in 2019 to support this rapidly growing market.

BEC will celebrate its success during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.