• Contract is estimated to be worth about $350m
  • El-Seif has been awarded about $1.7bn worth of contracts from Interior Ministry since December 2013
  • Contractor was recently awarded $2bn worth of construction contracts in Jizan

The local El-Seif Engineering Contracting has been awarded an estimated $350m contract to build a headquarters building for the Interior Ministry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The headquarters complex will include a three-storey building and other security buildings. The complex will cover a total area of 525,000 square metres.

The deal is the latest of a number of contracts El-Seif has been awarded by the Interior Ministry since late 2013.

In June last year, the contractor was awarded an estimated SR2.5bn ($667m) contract by the ministry to build phase 2b of its security compounds network programme, also known as the King Abdullah Project (KAP).

Phase 2b of the programme will involve building various, headquarters, administrative and residential buildings at sites in Hail and Tabuk. The award of phase 2b followed El-Seif’s appointment in December 2013 to build phase the SR2.5bn 2a of the KAP programme.

Packages 2a and 2b were formerly part of the package awarded to the local Saudi Oger in 2011 for the second phase of the KAP security network scheme. The ministry cancelled Oger’s contract in 2012 for undisclosed reasons, and retendered the second phase in five packages. The Interior Ministry received bids for phase 2c in October last year, but has still not awarded the contract.

The security compounds will be used to house, educate and train members of the kingdom’s public security, civil defence, police, passports division, and special security and investigative forces. The facilities have been designed to include schools, mosques, theatres, civilian dormitories, military barracks, administrative buildings, training facilities and units for recreation and entertainment.

The KAP programme will cover the construction, operation and maintenance of 28 types of facilities at more than 50 locations. In total, the ministry is expected to spend more than $15bn across five phases of the project.

The Jeddah headquarters contract award marks a successful month for El-Seif, which was awarded two contracts worth a combined $2bn to build housing and related infrastructure in Jizan in the southwest of Saudi Arabia.

El-Seif has also been successful in winning major contracts outside the kingdom in the past year. In October, MEED reported that El-Seif had been appointed for more than $1bn worth of work in Dubai.

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