Welcome to Marafiq’s home on the web.
I am pleased to have been able to join Marafiq at
such a dynamic phase of its development
as a private utility company.
Several large projects are underway, with some already in the
commissioning stage. In Yanbu we have the new Yanbu 2 Power and
Water Plant, two new Steam Turbine Generation units are
coming on-stream, and our wastewater treatment facilities
are being expanded. In Jubail we are engaging in an agreement
with Sadara to build and operate an exclusive seawater desalination
plant within Sadara’s petrochemical complex. The wastewater
treatment capacities in Jubail are also being expanded, and a
new reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant is in
the pipeline. In the near future Marafiq will expand its
geographical borders to Ras Al-Khair Industrial City
as provider of water utilities.
Through these new projects and ventures we are making sure
that we remain one step ahead in our commitment to meeting
customer demand. It requires timely investment to cope with growth
and to optimize cost of service, which in turn calls for careful, intelligent
and accurate anticipation of future demand growth. This means
that effective project management is of the utmost importance
to Marafiq. Continuing to build our capability and capacity
to manage projects within budget and planned timeframes is a
constant challenge. We have a solid team working within a
finely tuned project delivery framework that is tailored to
Marafiq’s unique business requirements. This framework is
adjusted when necessary as we identify improved ways of
working. We make sure that we learn from our experiences. We learn
every day, and one of our most important lessons is that
we can never stop searching for and finding ways to keep on improving.
Power and water are essential elements of everyone’s lives. More and more
the utility sector is being privatized. In Saudi Arabia, as in many
countries, water and power are no longer exclusively state enterprises. The
national policy is clear: it is about freeing up and diversifying the
economy, and broad-basing the ownership of almost all economic and
industrial sectors, including the utility sector.
Marafiq is working within this policy framework to play our role as a
socially responsible service provider, to fulfil the needs of our
customers, and to make adequate provision for future utility demand. We are
working not only to provide sustainable, reliable and cost-effective
water services, but also to conserve water as a scarce and
invaluable natural resource. This we do by working very
carefully and economically with water and wastewater, increasing
desalination capacity, providing efficient sanitation services, improving
the treatment-consumption rate of wastewater and optimizing wastewater reuse.
In the power sector we are working to provide highly efficient and
reliable electricity services at the least possible economic, social
and environmental costs. Our aim is to increase generation capacity
and enhance the power sector’s role in adding value to
our national resources.
In our firm resolve to fulfil the needs of our customers and
meet utility demand well into the future, we never lose sight of the safety
of our people and everyone who works with us. Marafiq has developed sound
safety practices within a well-defined policy framework and a lively safety
culture that have enabled us to reach several major safety milestones. Constant
focus on safety is part and parcel of our daily work.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy your visit to our website. Please spend
as much time as you can with us in our internet home.
Abdullah K. Al-Buainain
President and CEO