Aramco constructing largest gas complex

A picture taken on May 10, 2016 shows over Shaybah, the base for Saudi Aramco's Natural Gas Liquids plant and oil production in the surrounding Shaybah field in Saudi Arabia's remote Empty quarter desert close to the United Arab Emirates, in this May 10, 2016 photo. (AFP)
Updated 20 July 2016
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Aramco constructing largest gas complex

JEDDAH: Construction has begun on the largest industrial gas complex in the world.
Saudi Aramco has awarded the contract to Air Products. This is under a joint venture of Air Products and ACWA Holding to build, own and operate the largest gas complex in the world, a contract valued at SR7.8 billion ($2.1 billion).
The complex will supply Saudi Aramco’s refinery being built in Jazan with 75,000 tons per day — 55,000 tons of nitrogen and 20,000 tons of oxygen, for 20 years. Operation is planned to begin in 2018.
The refinery will allow the oil giant to play a strategic and important role in achieving one of the most important goals of the National Transformation Program, as it will allow for generation of more than 450,000 jobs by 2020 and provide more than 70,000 jobs at the refinery alone.
The industrial city in Jazan will also attract a wide range of small- and medium-sized companies specializing in associated services, while the project will enhance sustainable and comprehensive economic development plans in the southern region.
Currently, work is ongoing in constructing the refinery’s facilities, including the establishment of the largest power station in the world that transforms liquids into gas.
The plant is expected to benefit from the refinery’s production and generation of approximately 4,000 megawatts of electricity, which will feed the refinery and provide electricity investors, while 2,400 megawatts will be exported to the public electricity network.
The refinery will supply 400,000 barrels per day of Arab medium and heavy crude oil, 80,000 barrels a day of gasoline, 250,000 barrels a day of diesel, and around 1 million tons annually of benzene and paraxylene.

Outputs of the refinery will be directed mainly to inward investment in order to play a major role in providing petrol products necessary for the southern and western zones, with surplus exported to the global market.
Significant advances have also been made in construction of the multi-purpose seaport, which will receive ships and have a capacity for 2.5 million containers in the first phase. Upon completion, the capacity will increase to 5 million containers.
The port was designed based on the latest specifications, with additional services to meet needs in the area.


Coalition acts against Houthi drone capabilities in Yemen’s capital

Updated 20 April 2019
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Coalition acts against Houthi drone capabilities in Yemen’s capital

  • The attacks are a continuation of previous strikes aimed at reducing Houthi capabilities

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition has began an operation to diminish the drone capabilities of the Houthi militia at a presidential palace camp in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi Arabia’s AlEkhbariya TV announced early Saturday.

Earlier this month, a Houthi workshop manufacturing unmanned drones and a launchpad were destoryed in a coalition strike.

The attacks are a continuation of previous strikes aimed at reducing Houthi capabilities, and counter their efforts at launching attacks against the Kingdom.

On Apr. 3, five people were injured, including a woman and a child, when two Houthi drones targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia were intercepted and destroyed.

In early March, Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Defense Force again shot down a Houthi drone that was flying toward the Kingdom.