SR42m deal sealed for King Abdul Aziz Road's expansion

JEDDAH — A SR42.34 million contract has been signed to expand the King Abdul Aziz Road in Yanbu to a three-lane road in both directions.

By Habib Shaikh

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Published: Fri 6 Jul 2007, 10:01 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:15 PM

The agreement was signed recently by Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayyan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu with the Wartha Abdul Rahman Al Namlah Company for Contracting.

The contract also includes construction of sidewalks, central islands with trees, streetlights and signboards. The two-year contract also covers laying of sewage and rainwater drainage pipes and construction of bridges above the drainage canals and service roads from the National Guard signal to the municipal offices.

Meanwhile, Dr Khaled Ahmed Abdul Rahman Bubshait, head of the Saudi Ports Authority, recently visited Yanbu and inspected work at the Yanbu Commercial Port and the King Fahd Industrial Port.

Bubshait also toured and met officials at Yanbu Seaport, and was briefed about the port's workflow and given an overview of projects, worth over SR31 million.

He also visited all of the seaport's facilities, including the Haj and Umrah facilities, and the King Fahd Industrial Seaport to supervise the current expansion project that is worth more than SR89.9 million and which will take two years to complete. The project includes deepening the entrance of the seaport to 18 metres to serve petrochemical ships.

The second expansion project includes expanding a cargo station to receive large ships carrying 150 tonnes of cargo.

With the completion of this project, facilities at the seaport will improve allowing it to receive large ships and strengthening King Fahd Industrial Seaport in the regional and international level.

It may be noted that work on the new SR190 million Yanbu Airport, which is expected to boost development of the industrial city, is nearing completion. The new airport is being built in an area opposite to the present one and will receive Haj flights during the Haj season.

The new airport will have two levels, each with an area of 10,000 square metres and will have jetways to facilitate boarding of passengers. It will also have an advanced control tower and a weather forecast centre.

Other facilities at the new airport include a royal lounge, a separate building for air cargo, a power station and a desalination plant. The airport will have long wide runways to enable it to receive large aircraft.

Economic analysts believe that the new airport will be a shot in the arm for the city in the promotion of its industrial and economic development.

While laying the cornerstone for Yanbu-2, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, had said that it offered tremendous opportunities for both Saudi and foreign investors. The new mega-industrial city on the Red Sea is expected to attract investments worth SR115 billion.

Yanbu-2, which covers an area of 66 square kilometres, is expected to house 34 basic and secondary industries and 224 light industries.

The Royal Commission will spend SR12 billion on infrastructure for Yanbu-2, of which SR6 billion will be set aside for the first phase. A SR19 billion Yansab plant of Saudi Basic Industries Corp will be established in the new industrial city.

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