The Jazan Economic City Project is part of a strategy to nurture non-oil based industries, expand the Kingdom’s existing industries to serve domestic needs and rejuvenate the Jazan region by providing employment opportunities.
Construction of the refinery and terminal started in 2014. When completed in late 2016, the refinery will have the capacity to process 400,000 bpd of Arabian Heavy and Arabian Medium crude oil, as well as producing 80,000 bpd of gasoline, 250,000 bpd of ultra-low sulfur diesel and over 1 million tons per year of benzene and paraxylene products.
The front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of the project’s Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle complex will use the refinery’s by-product to economically and efficiently generate 2,400 MW of electricity to cover the refinery’s needs. It will also enable the development of small industries nearby and provide power for cities in the area.
The workforce building the Jazan Program is expected to exceed 40,000 over the next four years. We have adopted a new HR strategy with our business partners to create a consortium of contractors and public sector entities to train a local workforce for the program. In October 2013, 550 young Saudis from Jazan began their training and the total intake will reach 5,000 over a four-year period. The objectives are to qualify young Saudis for jobs in the construction phase of the project, participate in advancing national development and contribute to the economic development of Jazan.