Greece’s Sete Technical Serviceshas been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a desalination plant in the Divided Zone – shared between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia – for Khafji Joint Operations (KJO –MEED 26:9:03).

Under the estimated $36 million contract, Sete will build a 1.5 million-gallon-a-day (g/d) multi-stage flash (MSF) seawater desalination unit with a 40-tonne-an-hour steam generator, a 2.5 million-g/d distillate potabilisation unit and a 45.5-kilogramme-an-hour seawater chlorination system. Additional facilities to be set up include a blast-resistant water plant control room with a distributed control system, a water laboratory and chemical storage facilities.

Other bidders for the contract included Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Companyand Japan’s Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding.

The project is part of a larger scheme being carried out by KJO to upgrade facilities in the Divided Zone. Two EPC contracts covering the office park and a materials department with workshops were awarded to Saudi Ogerearlier this year. Two other packages for infrastructure works and community works are under evaluation at KJO and might be retendered, sources close to the project say.

Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners)is the project management consultant. KJO is jointly operated by Saudi Arabia’s Aramco Gulf Operationsand Kuwait Gulf Oil Company.