The Jazan Gas Projects Company (JGPC) joint venture of Saudi private power developer Acwa Power and US industrial gases firm Air Products has broken ground for construction of a $2.1bn air separation unit – the world’s largest – which is a key component of an integrated refinery and power plant being built at Jazan in Saudi Arabia’s remote southwestern region (see p2).

State petroleum firm Aramco awarded the construction contract to JGPC in April 2015. Now JGPC chairman Muhammad Abunayyan says that “construction on-site started a month earlier than planned, initial drawings have been issued and we have a clear plan of mobilization to Jazan from this date.” He says the gas plant will be commissioned “in 2018 in tandem with the refinery.” (CONTINUED - 633 WORDS)