Veolia to build a central utilities island at Saudi Arabia’s PlasChem Park

Veolia to build a central utilities island at Saudi Arabia’s PlasChem Park
Published: 31 May 2018 - 7:26 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

French headquartered water and wastewater management company, Veolia, will build a sustainable central utilities facility at PlasChem, Park, an industrial park in Saudi Arabia.

This follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) and Veolia Middle East.

The MOU provides a long-term waste management solution for Sadara, and creates an opportunity for Veolia to build a utility plant including waste management and waste energy facilities at PlasChem Park, enabling Veolia to manage a substantial portion of Sadara’s waste streams.

“One of Sadara’s main drivers is the enablement of a vibrant downstream manufacturing industry in Kingdom. Another is to always act responsibly towards the environment,” said Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer, CEO at Sadara.

PlasChem Park is a collaborative effort between Sadara and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) in Jubail Industrial City II.

“This deal allows us to combine those two key objectives, and we are very excited indeed to partner with Veolia to deliver this waste product management solution. With partners like Veolia, we are confident that we will continue to catalyze the growth of the Kingdom’s downstream manufacturing industry,” added Al Faqeer.

The central utilities “island” will incinerate industrial wastes and recover the heat from this process to produce a usable steam by-product. This will act as an incentive to attract PlasChem Park investors, providing their proposed manufacturing plants with third-party steam at an attractive price.

Additionally, the Veolia facility will produce cooled water and compressed air, which will also be made available to PlasChem Park tenants for industrial use.

“The new utilities facility will implement environmentally responsible principles of the “Circular Economy,” a favored international economic model that keeps resources in use for as long as possible, extracting maximum value and then recovering and regenerating additional products and energy, a concept that we ascribe to wholeheartedly at Veolia,” said Faisal Al Dawish, Veolia Arabia CEO.

The utilities project will be developed by Veolia and potential partners. The investment will be made by Veolia and partners, and Sadara will act only as facilitator to the project’s success and has agreed to transfer waste products to the plant.

Veolia, a global group, develops sustainable responsible services and expertise to companies in many types of industries. It currently operates 29 similar utility facilities worldwide.

In Jubail, Veolia group has a track record in operation and maintenance of industrial waste water projects and in delivering EPC works – specifically, the Marafiq Desalination Plant (800,000 m3/day) and the Sadara SWRO plant (178,000 m3/day).

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