SNC-Lavalin awarded $100m Saudi airport contract

A consortium led by Canadian construction company SNC-Lavalin is to provide district cooling services for the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

SNC-Lavalin will work with the Saudi Riyadh Cooling Company on a turnkey basis, and will earn an estimated $100m.

The firm will be responsible for two district cooling plants, with a total capacity of 38,000 refrigeration tonnes.

Ian Edwards, SNC-Lavalin’s president of infrastructure, said: "With 45 district cooling projects in the Gulf region, it brings us great pride to leverage our expertise to provide the Saudi Riyadh Cooling Company a viable and sustainable energy solution.

"In addition to meeting the demand for cooling at the King Khalid International Airport, the district cooling solution will lower energy requirements while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sound pollution."

Engineering work has begun and construction is scheduled to start this month.

Chilled water production for the first cooling plant is planned for August 2017 and September 2018 for the second cooling plant.

Image: The expansion of Khalid airport as envisioned by HOK (HOK)

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