Ras Al Khair is witnessing multiple high-profile industrial and related projects as part of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: The Abu Dhabi based National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) has launched construction of a 400,000 square metre fabrication yard in Saudi Arabia’s Ras Al Khair port.

The facility, which will do the fabrication of jackets and oil platforms, will include automated workshops and an advanced marine system. It will provide fabrication, maintenance, rigging and erection services, and will be ‘operational between all three phases of construction’.

The first phase will be completed by the end of Q3-2023. The capacity of the fabrication yard is expected to reach 60,000 tons per year by the end of the final phase, scheduled for 2026.

The first phase of the new fabrication yard at Ras Al Khair will be operational in Q3-2023. NPCC already has an extensive project portfolio in Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: Supplied

Ras Al Khair is Saudi Arabia's newest industrial port and will have more than 100 manufacturing projects over an area of 23 square kilometres. The 14 berths are equipped with assets to handle general and bulk cargos.

The new fabrication yard builds on our longstanding relationship, ongoing growth journey and expansion strategy in the Kingdom and complements our current projects in Saudi Arabia

- Yasser Zaghloul, Group CEO at National Marine Dredging Group, of which NPCC is a subsidiary

NPCC has had a presence in the Kingdom for some time now and lists ‘key Saudi industry players’ as clients. It has worked on the extension works for a new condensate export terminal at the Jafurah field, and the engineering, procurement, fabrication, and installation of 14 SSS Jackets at Manifa field. Earlier this year, NPCC won two offshore contracts for the multi-billion Zuluf incremental project, a giant offshore oil field located in the Arabian Gulf, about 240 kilometres north of Dhahran.

And in 2019, there were three contracts to deliver a range of services comprising detailed engineering, fabrication, manufacturing, procurement, and commissioning of multiple steel structures of various types.