NPCC breaks ground on new 40,000sqm fabrication yard in Saudi Arabia

The capacity of the fabrication yard is expected to reach 60,000 tonnes per year by the end of the final phase, scheduled for 2026

National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) has broken ground on a new 40,000sqm fabrication yard in Ras Al Khair port, in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, NPCC said the new yard will house the fabrication of jackets and platforms. It added that the state-of-the-art facility will include automated workshops and an advanced marine system, and noted it will provide fabrication, maintenance, rigging and erection services, and will be operational between all three phases of construction. Phase One of the project is expected to be complete by Q3 2023.

National Marine Dredging Group CEO Engineer Yasser Zaghloul said: “The new fabrication yard builds on our longstanding relationship, ongoing growth journey and expansion strategy in the kingdom and complements our current projects in Saudi Arabia, which will add to our local competencies.”

In April 2020, ADQ assumed full ownership of NPCC and, in August 2020, Senaat submitted offers to combine NPCC and NMDC.

The capacity of the fabrication yard is expected to reach 60,000 tonnes per year by the end of the final phase, scheduled for 2026, he added.

Ras Al Khair is Saudi Arabia’s newest industrial port that serves more than 100 manufacturing projects and has an area of 23km² and 14 berths equipped with assets to handle general and bulk cargos.

“We look forward to further broadening our level of collaboration with Saudi industry players, and solidifying our position as the EPC major of choice for global NOCs,” Zaghloul stated.

NPCC has had a long-standing presence in the Kingdom, and is a strong partner with key Saudi industry players. This has led to the company working on major projects including the extension works for a new condensate export terminal at the Jafurah field, and the engineering, procurement, fabrication, and installation of 14 SSS Jackets at Manifa field, the statement explained.

Engineer Ahmed Al Dhaheri, CEO of NPCC remarked, “This new milestone lays the foundation for our next chapter of growth in Saudi Arabia and is in line with our commitment to supporting the Kingdom’s localisation efforts and creating in-country value.”

“The new yard also signals our clients’ trust in NPCC’s capabilities and allows us to extend our expertise to new strategic infrastructure projects in the Kingdom, increase our regional market share, and reinforce our position as a trusted partner of choice across the EPC ecosystem,” he added.

In April 2022, a NPCC led consortium was awarded a major carbon capture and storage project contract.

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