Marafiq has signed an Industrial Water Supply Agreement to supply water to the Sadara facility on a ‘Build, Own and Operate’ basis for the next 20 years. This is the first plant that is built and operated by Marafiq within the customer’s fence. The Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant uses Reverse Osmosis technology, and is located on the Sadara premises; it receives seawater from Marafiq’s seawater supply network to Jubail II. Marafiq has awarded EPC and O&M contracts in June 2013 to Sidem, which is part of the internationally reputed Veolia French group. The SWRO plant is designed for a peak of 178,560 m3/day, which will push up Marafiq’s desalinated water production capacity in Jubail by an additional 50%.

The Marafiq project team has faced several challenges from day one of the project to keep the project running on schedule, cost, quality and safety. Three major challenges where power, seawater availability and the requirements for Monovar Valves. Marafiq with the support of Sadara, successfully resolved these issues with the relevant external entities, which resulted in a slight shift of Overall Budgeted Cost.

Despite the above challenges, the progress of the project is promising; to-date 96.67% of the overall Sadara SWRO Project progress has been achieved, 99.25% of the Construction Progress has been achieved, while Overall Commissioning Progress has achieved 73.96%.

Sadara SWRO Plant successfully achieved the early water-1 milestone of 2,900 m3/hr production on 11 February 2016. The plant is potentially capable of achieving the next milestone for early water-2 in April 2016, while full plant production will be achieved in July 2016.

The tremendous efforts and commitments from every member of the project team towards health, safety and environment; has led to the project achieving 12.2 million safe man-hours without any Lost-Time-Injury to date. The efforts are on to keep up the safe momentum and to successfully reach the finish line.