Canadian Manufacturing

SNC-Lavalin wins $92M cooling facilities contract in Saudi Arabia

Firm will be responsible for design, procurement, construction and commissioning of 55,000 RT plant

Montreal—SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a $92-million contract to provide district cooling facilities to the Jebel Omar Development in Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Awarded by the Central District Cooling Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Tabreed District Cooling Company, the Canadian firm will be responsible for the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of a district cooling plant, with an ultimate capacity of 55,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT), 1.5-kilometres of dual underground chilled water distribution pipeline and 10 energy transfer stations with a total capacity of 36,000 RT.

According to SNC-Lavalin executive vice-president Charles Chebl, the contract marks the third district cooling plant deal in Saudi Arabia awarded to his company since May 2010.

Engineering work on the project is underway, and construction is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2012.

The first phase of the facility, a chilled water production plant with a capacity of 25,000 RT, is planned for December 2013.

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