Kiverco wins recycling plant contract
By Leila Steed07 December 2020
United Kingdom-based manufacturer Kiverco has won a multi-million-pound contract to design, build and install a waste recycling plant in Saudi Arabia.
The company, which is headquartered in Northern Ireland, will construction the plant at waste management firm Averda’s newly developed waste processing facility on the Red Sea coast.
The plant will process over 150,000 t of material a year including concrete, sand, soil, wood, metals, cables, plastic bottles, film and cardboard. The materials will be recycled into new products and into RDF fuel for electricity generation at a nearby waste to energy plant.
Kiverco was awarded the project after several visits to the site in 2019. The contract was agreed and signed via video link with Averda during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gabriel O’Keefe, Kiverco export manager for the Middle East region, said: “We are delighted to be selected by Averda to design, manufacture and install this recycling solution and honoured to be associated with the Red Sea Development Project. This will be a world class tourist destination and we look forward to working with Averda for many years to come. The ambition and vision for this project is testament to the foresight of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.”
Kiverco’s new plant will primarily help recycle the construction waste generated by the Red Sea Project - a new tourism development in Saudi Arabia.
The first phase of the project, which is being overseen by Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman as part of his Vision 2030 plan, includes the construction of a new airport and 16 hotels spread across five islands and two inland resorts.
Mazen El Refai, Technical Director at Averda, said: “This is a hugely important project for Averda and for Saudi Arabia. It was critical for us to choose the right partner to provide a waste recycling plant as we must meet stringent targets on throughput and recovery rates.
“Kiverco are very well known for their design and build quality and have a long history dealing with this type of waste. I am very confident we have chosen a partner who will work closely with us to deliver this project and facility for Averda and The Red Sea Development Company.”
When complete, the Red Sea Project will employ around 70,000 people both directly and indirectly. It will welcome up to one million visitors a year by 2030, with the first expected in 2022, and will generate an estimated SAR22 billion (US$ 5.9 billion) for the country.