The UK's Mott MacDonaldconfirmed on 14 August its appointment as consultant on the Shuaiba seawater cooling project. The estimated£75 million ($117 million) scheme, being implemented by the Public Authority for Industry (PAI), involves the refurbishment of two existing plants and the construction of a new one. It is being undertaken to meet rising seawater cooling demand in the Shuaiba industrial area (MEED 11:1:02).
The project is divided into two main elements. The first involves upgrading the existing B and C plants and includes replacing seven existing pumps in plant C with ones of higher capacity and cleaning the intake systems. The other part calls for the construction of a 240,000-cubic-metre-an-hour seawater transfer system. It will comprise a seawater intake unit, a pumping station, a three-kilometre pumped delivery main and gravity return culvert, a chlorination plant and a stand-by generator system. An administration building will also be built. Project completion is set for 2006.
Mott's role includes undertaking site and topographical surveys, and a feasibility study for the project as well as preparing tender documents and assisting in construction supervision. It will also carry out civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical designs for the new plant and electrical design for the renovation of plant C.
The new system will mainly serve the two petrochemical plants planned at Shuaiba by the local Petrochemical Industries Company(MEED 17:5:02).