Following some massive contract wins in November 2020 by the likes of ACWA Power, SS Lootah, AESG, and Hassan Allam, and Siraj Power, the Middle East construction sector closed the year with further big wins, setting the tone for a constructive 2021. 

Some of the projects that stood out with their contract awards for December 2020 were ACCIONA, Siraj Power, ENGIE, BYMARO, AECOM and Mott MacDonald among others/

The Middle East’s top construction contracts of December 2020 were:

1. ACCIONA bags $384m design, build contract for Shuqaiq 1 desal plant

2. ENGIE acquires Allied Maintenance Company amid Saudi expansion

3. Masdar, PT PJBI’s JV win contract to build the first floating PV project in Indonesia

4. Red Sea International, FMCO win contracts for The Red Sea Development Company’s Construction Village

5. Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC), Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) ink deal to provide water services to the Qiddiya gigaproject

6. Moro Hub partners with Facilio to boost UAE’s energy-saving strategies

7. Elsewedy Electric bags $93.2m EPC contract from Egypt’s NCEDC

8. IMKAN awards $36.5m contract for Le Carrousel Mall to BYMARO

9. AECOM provides supervision, QC services for TRSDC Airport

10. The Red Sea Development Company awards Mott MacDonald transport consultancy contract

Please note that this list is not a ranking.

1. ACCIONA bags $384m design, build contract for Shuqaiq 1 desal plant

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) awarded a design and construction contract worth $384m to ACCIONA and its partner Al‑Rashid Trading & Contracting Company (RTCC), for the Shuqaiq 1 desalination plant on the Red Sea coast.

Once developed, the plant will enable improved supply of drinking water and offset water shortages in south-west Saudi Arabia by providing a new source of potable water.

Equipped with reverse osmosis (RO) technology, the plant will have a daily capacity of 400,000m3/day, ACCIONA and RTCC’s scope of work include marine and civil works, supply and installation of electromechanical and electrical equipment, start-up and pre-and post-treatment systems, and commissioning.

2. ENGIE acquires Allied Maintenance Company amid Saudi expansion

Sustainable energy services and solutions provider ENGIE Solutions has acquired Allied Maintenance Company Ltd (AMC), a Saudi-based facilities management company that manages multiple projects across the kingdom. The acquisition will help ENGIE expand its presence in the kingdom leveraging AMC’s countrywide coverage and client base, while also proving customers with ENGIE’s low carbon energy services – particularly in the areas of energy efficiency and digitisation.

3. Masdar, PT PJBI’s JV win contract to build the first floating PV project in Indonesia

Masdar and PT PJBI, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned electricity company PT PLN (Persero), has formed a joint venture (JV) to develop the Cirata Floating Photovoltaic (PV) Power Plant in Indonesia — marking it the first floating PV project in the Southeast Asian nation.Upon completion, the Cirata Floating PV Power Plant will power 50,000 homes, offset 214,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, and contribute to the creation of up to 800 jobs.

The plant will be located on a 250ha plot on the 6,200ha Cirata reservoir in West Java.

The project once completed will be the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia and one of the largest in the world.

4. Red Sea International, FMCO win contracts for The Red Sea Development Company’s (TRSDC) Construction Village

As per the contract awarded by TRSDC in December 2020, Red Sea International and FMCO will each be responsible for the accommodation of up to 5,000 construction workers in the Construction Village, and will ensure the facility is managed in adherence to the highest living standards for all workers.

In addition, both companies will provide maintenance, security, catering, administrative and laundry services at the Construction Village.

5. NWC, QIC ink deal to provide water services to the 366km2 Qiddiya

Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) has signed a MoU with Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC), the developer of the 366km2 Qiddiya gigaprojet to supply the project with potable and treated water. The agreement is aimed at supporting strategic projects and serving the kingdom’s economic, tourism, heritage, and environmental goals of Vision 2030.

The MoU has been signed for a period of three years and will include the provision of all water services.

NWC will supply Qiddiya with approximately 20,000m3 of potable water per day, and around 70,000m3 of treated water per day.

As part of the water services agreement, NWC will develop raw sewage network pipelines in Darmaa and Al-Muzahmiyya governorates and later link them to the treatment plant at Qiddiya.

6. Moro Hub partners with Facilio to boost UAE’s energy-saving strategies

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA)’s subsidiary Moro Hub has partnered with US-based Facilio, which is an AI-driven property operations cloud platform, to launch energy management and monitoring services for commercial and residential buildings in the UAE.

The service will be deployed across buildings and key structures that will reinforce the country’s overarching sustainability goals, as well as result in more substantial and integrated electricity conservation programmes.

7. Elsewedy Electric bags $93.2m EPC contract from Egypt’s NCEDC

Egyptian Stock Exchange-listed (EGX) wire and cables and integrated energy solutions provider in the Middle East and Africa Elsewedy Electric has secured a $93.2m engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) from North Cairo Electricity Distribution Company (NCEDC). As part of the contract, Elesewedy Electric will upgrade the electricity distribution network and provide smart solution to digitise the network. The company will also install 500,000 smart metres, DMS, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and RTU, in addition to the smart ring link panels. Elsewedy Electric’s scope of work, includes engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) of all the project components.

8. IMKAN awards $36.5m contract for Le Carrousel Mall to BYMARO

Abu Dhabi-based property developer IMKAN awarded a two-year, $36.5m (AED134m) contract to Morocco’s BYMARO for the construction of the Le Carrousel Mall, which is set to be the first open-air shopping mall in Morocco and is a major feature of the developer’s Rabat-based flagship project, Le Carrousel, which was launched in January this year.

Construction work has commenced on the mall and is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2022.

9. AECOM provides supervision, QC services for TRSDC Airport

In December 2020, infra consulting firm AECOM was selected to provide airside construction supervision and quality control services for TRSDC’s ustainable international airport located within Saudi Arabia’s 28,000km2 The Red Sea Project.

AECOM’s scope includes the oversight of the airside infrastructure construction; the design and building of a 3,700m ‘Code F’ runway; a ‘Code B’ seaplane runway; parallel and link taxiways and pavement works; aeronautical navigational aids; aerodrome ground lighting; airside utilities; helipads; roads; and associated buildings.

10. The Red Sea Development Company awards Mott MacDonald transport consultancy contract

Another contract awarded by TRSDC, this entails transport consultancy for the project and was bagged by global engineering firm Mott MacDonald. to determine the optimal sustainable vehicle and fleet configuration at the destination.

Mott MacDonald will deliver an analysis of the total land, sea, and air transport needs for the development and operation of the 28,000km² site, from its opening in 2022 to its completion in 2030. This will involve a strategy for destination-wide clean mobility using electric and hydrogen vehicles, boats and aircrafts.

The company will also be required to identify the most appropriate supporting infrastructure, such as electric and hydrogen vehicle charging stations, in line with TRSDC’s ambitions to power the destination with 100% renewable energy.

Source: www.constructionweekonline.com