Saudi Arabia’s Marafiq, the private utilities company serving the industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu, has awarded a contract to US-based Jacobs Engineering Group (Jacobs) to provide project management services on all of Marafiq’s projects in the industrial cities.  

Jacobs will provide conceptual design, front-end engineering, design, and construction supervision for all of Marafiq’s future construction and infrastructure projects in Jubail and Yanbu.  Officials would not disclose the value of the contract. The length of the contract is three years, with an option to extend by a further three. 

The Jacobs team will also work with Marafiq to conduct feasibility studies and develop the urban master plans for Jubail and Yanbu.     

Jacobs has also been tasked with overseeing all expansions and upgrades to wastewater treatment plants, power generation facilities and the world’s largest seawater reverse osmosis plant.  

After launching $14.4bn-worth of construction and development in Jubail in mid-2009 and a further $6.1bn of ongoing work in Yanbu, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, said the total value of active projects within the two industrial cities exceeds $56bn.