project results

  • A sea water cooling system that met required design capacity and environmental requirements plus budget restrictions.

  • A temporary solution for cooling water utilising existing infrastructure to enable utilities to operate until the permanent cooling system was implemented.

  • Water quality discharge modelling, survey specifications offshore and onshore, sea water cooling system design detailing and contractor procurement.

JCPDI is located on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and is Saudi Arabia’s closest port to East Asia. It is considered a major gateway to the Kingdom’s southern region, which has an estimated population of 4.5 million people. Its port terminals are expected to support economic growth in the entire region and to serve eastern and southern Africa.

The multipurpose port will consist of a container terminal and a general cargo and dry-bulk terminal. Each will have quayside draft of 16.5 meters. Phase I of the container terminal is expected to start commercial operations in early 2022, offering 730 meters of berth.

The challenge

The Sea Water Cooling (SWC) System identified in the JCPDI masterplan was based on high-level approximations and stakeholder consultations to serve heavy industries for steel and plastics manufacturing, and lighter industries such as sugar refineries. The developer, the Royal Commission, needed to formalise the details so that Royal HaskoningDHV could progress the design. 

In addition, the infrastructure required for the cooling system required far greater CAPEX than was allocated in the project’s budget. 
Royal HaskoningDHV was also asked to undertake preliminary design work for a fast-track temporary cooling water source to an industry located on the site, using the nearby existing Reverse Osmosis plant intake infrastructure. 

Our Solution

The Royal HaskoningDHV team encouraged the Royal Commission to revisit the required masterplan capacity and distribution of water around the allocated land for sea water cooling. 

We considered innovative, smart solutions to identify a more affordable sea water cooling system without compromising capacity and stakeholder buy-in. 
The team also conducted water quality discharge modelling, survey specifications offshore and onshore, sea water cooling system design detailing and contractor procurement.

The Outcome

We designed a sea water cooling system that not only met the required design capacity and environmental requirements but was also priced within the Royal Commission’s investment budget. 

A temporary solution for cooling water was also created, by utilising existing infrastructure to enable local utilities to operate until the permanent sea water cooling system was implemented. 

Project Facts

  • Client
    Saud Consult
  • Location
    Jazan, Saudi Arabia
  • Period
    11/2019 to 08/2021
  • Scope
    To progress a sea water cooling system for a major port, with a restricted budget and unclear capacity details.
  • Solution
    Recommendation of innovative, smart sea water cooling solutions to meet capacity and budget restrictions. A temporary cooling system was also designed to meet urgent requirements.