Veolia to build wastewater treatment plant at Jazan refinery in Saudi Arabia

Veolia Water Technologies has been selected by contractor Tecnicas Reunidas to engineer and deliver a wastewater treatment plant for the Jazan refinery and terminal in Saudi Arabia.

The new Jazan refinery and terminal is owned and run by oil firm Saudi Aramco and once the production starts in 2017, it is expected to process 400,000 bpd of heavy and medium crude.

The Jazan refinery will include a 4,000MW capacity power plant, for which Veolia will engineer and deliver a wastewater treatment plant.

The new treatment plant will include biological treatment, oily water treatment and metal removal treatment.

Veolia Water Technologies Oil & Gas chief executive officer Vincent Caillaud said: “Veolia is privileged to have a long-standing relationship with Saudi Aramco, built on our strong local presence and technological excellence.

"We are very happy to have been chosen by and to collaborate with Tecnicas Reunidas on this major project which will help meet the Kingdom’s energy demand and also export high-value fuels to international markets.”

Veolia operates city water management, waste, cooling urban network services as well as desalination projects in Saudi Arabia.

It has previously worked with Saudi Aramco for projects such as desalination plant for Sadara petrochemical complex constructed by Dow Chemical and Saudi Aramco in Jubail City.

The desalination plant built for the city of Al Khobar in the Eastern Province, near the Arabo-Persian Gulf employs Veolia's multiple-effect distillation (MED) process, which works with three times less energy compared to rival processes.