ACES Jeddah and ACES Khobar have completed the marine geotechnical investigation for the reverse osmosis plant in Shoaiba, Saudi Arabia.
ACES scope of work included drilling six boreholes to a depth of 10m below seabed, conducting extensive laboratory testing including sieve analysis, classification, Unconfined Compressive Strength (UCS) and direct shear, as well as detailed environmental testing of the soil and water samples.
The project utilised the marine jack up pontoons and rotary drill rigs available in the ACES Saudi Arabia fleet.
The Shoaiba power and desalination plant is an oil-fired Combined Cycle Gas Turbines (CCGT) power and desalination complex on the coast of the Red Sea, about 120km south of Jeddah. It is considered one of the world's largest fossil fuel power plants, and the world's third largest integrated water and power plant.
The main contractor of the project was Fisia Abeima and the owner was Saline water Compression Corporation SWCC (SWCC).
ACES has been involved in other major projects in KSA including the Riyadh Metro, Kingdom Tower, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Jeddah Metro, Saudi Land Bridge Railway, King Abdullah Financial District, Riyadh Bus Station, King Fahd Causway Island, Jeddah Chambers Towers, to name a few.