SNC-Lavalin wins district cooling contract in Makkah

MakkahThe contract will see expansion of Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) district cooling scheme in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (Image source: David McKelvey/Flickr)Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin has received a US$42.67mn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Central District Cooling Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Tabreed, to expand Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) district cooling scheme in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Under the terms of the contract, SNC-Lavalin will be responsible for the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of an additional cooling capacity of 12,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT) with all associated equipment, energy transfer stations and chilled water network, achieving a total cooling capacity of 47,000 RT.

The engineering work is presently underway and preparatory construction activities are ongoing, with plant construction scheduled to start in July 2018.

Speaking about the district cooling project in Saudi Arabia, Ian L Edwards, president for infrastructure at SNC-Lavalin, commented that this project is the seventh district cooling project in Saudi Arabia and the company’s 46th overall in the Middle East region.

The district cooling projects in the region aim to provide chilled water for residential apartments, offices, universities, hotels, military facilities, stadiums, hospitals and government institutions, said Mohamed Youssef, senior vice-president for infrastructure at SNC-Lavalin in the Middle East.

The new contract is in line with the company’s strategy of bringing the full spectrum of its global expertise to the region, Youssef further added.

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