Veolia breaks ground on central utilities and waste valorisation plant in Jubail Industrial City

Veolia breaks ground on central utilities and waste valorisation plant in Jubail Industrial City
Published: 27 January 2020 - 11 a.m.

Optimised resource management firm Veolia and the Royal Commission for Jubail have begun work on the development of a central utilities and waste valorisation plant in the PlasChem Park of Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

The facility will treat industrial waste streams and generate steam, cooling, and instrument air to cover the needs of the industrial park.

Designed on a Design-Build-Own-Operate model, the plant will be operational by September 2021. It will feature an incineration capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year.

HE Mustafa Mohammed Al Mahdi, CEO of Royal Commission of Jubail, said at the launch ceremony: “We have launched a major and critical project at PlasChem Park and this development will form the foundation of future projects once completed.

“The Royal Commission of Jubail sees PlasChem Park as belonging to the whole kingdom of Saudi Arabia, not only to the Royal Commission. This project is a top priority for us and we are keen to accomplish it at the earliest and with minimal effort.”

Sébastien Chauvin, CEO of Veolia Middle East, added: “Once operational, the facility will be able to safely treat and produce energy from industrial waste sources that can then be offered to companies active in the industrial park.”

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Stemming from an agreement signed between Veolia and the Sadara Chemical Company back in December 2018, the sustainable industrial waste-to-energy facility currently in development will be located adjacent to the Sadara Chemical Complex and will receive Sadara waste streams at the opening of the plant.

Once launched, the facility will provide a unique sustainable waste treatment solution, targeting industrial waste streams. As part of the treatment process, Veolia will recover energy in the form of steam for use within several industrial applications. This offer includes the provision of steam, cooling, and instrument air across the industrial park.

According to a recent report from The International Renewable Energy Agency, Saudi Arabia aims to achieve 3.45GW of sustainable energy in 2020 and 9.5GW by 2023.

By 2030, 30% of the country’s energy generation is projected to come from both renewables and other sources.

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