McDermott has broken ground on Saudi Aramco’s new fabrication facility within the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia.

The overall site is being developed by Saudi Aramco and is expected to the largest maritime industries complex in the country and in the Middle East region in terms of production, capacity and scale.

Within the complex, McDermott has been given the responsibility to build a new facility that will cover an area of 1.2 million m².

The facility will feature offices, pre-fabrication shops, blasting and painting shops and large assembly shops that can fabricate platforms and modules for both offshore and onshore projects for Saudi Aramco and other customers in the region.

It will include up to 80,000m² of covered shops to house automation technology and will also include a 580m reinforced bulkhead offering marine access.

The facility is expected to be completed in 2022. Once operational, the facility will have an annual fabrication capacity of up to 85,000 metric tons.

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McDermott president and CEO David Dickson said: “The SAFIRA fabrication yard enhances our long history and close relationship with Saudi Aramco, our largest customer, and demonstrates our commitment to the Saudi Vision 2030.”

Saudi Aramco technical services senior vice president Ahmad A. Al-Sa’adi said: “The King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services would offer opportunities for strategic industries to operate and flourish in the Kingdom and enable localizing the maritime industry.”

Saudi Aramco new business development vice president Mohammad Al Assaf said: “The Saudi Aramco team has been working tirelessly for a number of years to create the infrastructure from which McDermott and the other anchor tenants within the Complex are able to establish their facilities.

“With McDermott breaking ground, we move a step closer to the Complex acting as a hub for job creation and supply chain development in accordance with Saudi Vision 2030 objectives.”

Last March, McDermott Arabia Company, a subsidiary of McDermott, had signed a land lease agreement with Saudi Aramco to grant a lease for building a fabrication facility within the complex.


Image: McDermott officials participating at the ground-breaking ceremony in Saudi Arabia. (Credit: PRNewsfoto/McDermott International, Inc.)