MariMatic wins waste collection contract for Masar

MariMatic wins waste collection contract for Masar
The infrastructure phase of Masar comprises several key elements, including pedestrian underpasses and service tunnels 3,650 meters long and 320 meters wide.
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Updated 30 July 2020

MariMatic wins waste collection contract for Masar

MariMatic wins waste collection contract for Masar

Technology company MariMatic, which specialize in automated solid waste collection systems (AWCS) and vacuum conveying systems for underground waste collection, has secured a new order for supplying MetroTaifun systems to Makkah’s upcoming destination — Masar.

The project’s core components consist of walking boulevards lined with waste bins and more than 210 plots comprising hotels and apartment buildings connected to a pipe network. Umm Alqura for Development and Construction (UAQ) is the owner and developer of the Masar destination.

Waste is collected and transported directly through an underground pipe network by using vacuum conveying to a waste transfer terminal, eliminating noisy and polluting traditional waste trucks from the area. The waste eventually ends up in containers located in the waste transfer terminal. The system can collect up to 300 tons of waste per day.

The design, build and operate contract includes operation and maintenance until the end of 2030.

In addition, a new order with the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) has been received, for the Mataf area within the Holy Mosque. This area will be connected to the world’s largest automatic waste collection system supplied by MariMatic. The recently secured contracts in Saudi Arabia are worth 60 million euros ($69.9 million).

The key to MariMatic’s energy-efficient AWCS is the usage of smaller diameter pipes, often 300 mm diameter “composite piping,” instead of the commonly used 500 mm carbon steel piping systems in the Middle East. The usage of smaller diameter pipes not only reduces energy consumption but achieves a longer life cycle of the systems due to the absence of corrosion. Interruptions of possible blockages are minimized, as the waste easily fills up the pipe, giving higher vacuum force for conveying. Development of MariMatic’s formator technology enables use of larger waste bags (250 liter) in 400 mm size piping, instead of 600 mm piping used by other companies.

MariMatic’s patented Ring-Line configuration allows change of air flow direction, to facilitate removal of possible blockages.

Recently, MariMatic also won a contract to supply automatic waste collection systems for a new neighborhood in Amsterdam. The public tender focused on technology, reliability, performance, quality, and a technical life cycle of 60 years. MariMatic’s technology and solutions achieved maximum scores.

MariMatic develops and markets vacuum pipe conveying systems. Development of the products and solutions began in 1983 and since then, more than 1,000 systems have been delivered to over 40 countries.

The infrastructure phase of Masar comprises several key elements, including pedestrian underpasses and service tunnels 3,650 meters long and 320 meters wide over an area of 1.25 million square meters.

This will be complemented by a rapid transit bus network and the Makkah Metro as well as car parks and bridges, connecting the destination to the western entrance of Makkah. Seventy-one percent of the bridge work has been completed with construction progressing as planned.


‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

Updated 03 December 2020

‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has launched a new campaign to catalyze research, innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia through new crowdsourcing initiatives that challenge local and international talents to identify ideas and solutions that advance the Kingdom’s national priorities and support Vision 2030. With the “KAUST Challenge,” the university is seeking to develop and support bold science, technology, and engineering initiatives that aim to transform the lives of Saudis and develop Saudi talents.

“We wish to draw on the participative power of crowdsourcing to solve problems faced in the Kingdom and the world with the KAUST Challenge,” said Najah Ashry, vice president for strategic national advancement at KAUST. “The speed, flexibility and scalability of crowdsourcing will bring us new science-based ideas and solutions that can be further developed through deep collaboration with players in the Kingdom’s research-development-innovation ecosystem.”

The focus of the inaugural 2020 edition of the KAUST Challenge is on improving the Hajj and Umrah experience for pilgrims from all over the world and on advancing efforts to make Makkah a smart city. The KAUST Challenge will play an active role in advancing one of the Kingdom’s national priorities of better serving the increasing number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and improving their experiences in the two holy cities. It will identify and support science- and technology-based ideas and solutions that can move quickly into the market for SR1 million ($266,000) in cash and other prizes. The challenge spans three themes: Healthcare, to increase preventative measures to ensure health and well-being for all pilgrims, a concern augmented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; mobility to ensure adequate availability and access to public and private transportation; and crowd management, to enhance infrastructure to meet capacity requirements for large crowds.

To gather valuable inputs from this challenge, KAUST is targeting a wide group of national and international participants to submit their ideas and solutions, including startups (growth stage startups or scaleups with solutions proven by the market), innovators (seed startups and IP-holders with ideas or solutions yet to be fully market tasted), and general public (students, academics, entrepreneurs and individuals in society).

“Advances in high technology can assist in solving the challenges that Hajj and Umrah pilgrims face. We know that people here in Saudi Arabia and across the world have great solutions to contribute,” said Ashry. “We are excited to receive their submissions and to offer our neighbors in Makkah creative and unique ideas that we hope will serve all pilgrims.

Submission to the KAUST Challenge is now open and will run until Jan. 5, 2021 with a virtual final event that will take place on an immersive platform at the end of February 2021, where the three best ideas, one for each theme, will be selected by a panel of qualified judges and one grand prize will be awarded.