The Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu’ (Marafiq) has awarded Jacobs Engineering Services a one-year extension to its project management contract (PMC) for ongoing investment in Saudi Arabia. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

Jacobs provides PMC services for Jubail and Yanbu’ industrial cities. Marafiq has developed the world’s largest independent water and power plant (IWPP) project at Jubail, with capacity to generate 2.745gw of electricity and desalinate 800,000 cmd of water. The company is also developing the Yanbu’ 2 power and water project, which will have capacity to deliver 690mw of electric power and desalinate 60,000 cmd of water. Yanbu’ 2 was originally intended to be an IWPP project, but because of problems raising finance under this model, Marafiq opted for an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract format (MEES, 13 July 2009). (CONTINUED - 264 WORDS)