Veolia to build and operate waste to energy plant in Saudi

Veolia to build and operate waste to energy plant in Saudi
Published: 13 December 2018 - 5:30 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), a Joint Venture developed by Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company and Veolia Middle East SAS (Veolia), have inked an agreement for the construction and operation of a sustainable industrial WtE facility in PlasChem Park.

The industrial park, adjacent to the Sadara Chemical Complex, is a collaborative effort between Sadara and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) in Jubail Industrial City II.

The agreement was signed in Jubail at Sadara’s headquarters in the presence of Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer, CEO of Sadara and Sébastien Chauvin, CEO of Veolia Middle East.

The industrial WtE facility will be developed by Veolia under a Design-Build-Own-Operate model.

As part of the agreement with Sadara, Veolia will treat among others, the identified Sadara industrial waste streams and recover energy to provide steam, cooling and instrument air to the industrial park.

The Sadara/Veolia agreement follows an MoU signed earlier this year and solidifies plans to provide long-term waste management solutions for Sadara.

“This project is a key milestone for the development of Veolia in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the journey towards a circular economy. The long-term partnership with Sadara is paving our ‘industrial symbiosis’ path, a model in which resources and energy are recycled and recovered, and it will bring the most advanced technologies to support the growth of PlasChem Park,” said Sebastien Chauvin, CEO of Veolia Middle East.

The development of the industrial WtE facility by Veolia is a game changer for the Jubail chemical industry, providing a local, competitive, sustainable and reliable solution for industrial waste management as well as industrial utility supply for PlasChem Park.

Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer, CEO at Sadara said: “Since its inception, Sadara has been billed as an enabler of the Kingdom’s downstream manufacturing industry, based on our diversified product portfolio and the varied end-use manufacturing opportunities they enable. Part of this offering is the ability to lower the capital footprint required for investors and potential investors to set up their facilities in PlasChem Park, and this agreement is a huge step forward for those investors who have already broken ground, or who will soon be breaking ground in the Park.”

Faisal Al Dawish, CEO of Veolia Saudi Arabia said: “We are proud to participate in a project of this magnitude. It will contribute to the growth of sustainable business in the Kingdom and the creation of over 100 direct local jobs in Kingdom. We plan an extensive training program to develop local talent in the region.”

In Jubail, Veolia group has a track record in the operation and maintenance of industrial wastewater projects and in delivering Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) works – specifically, the Marafiq (800,000 m3/day) and the Sadara (178,000 m3/day) desalination SWRO plants.

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