Marafiq’s foundations were laid in the 1970s when the government established the Royal Commission to develop the two industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu. Several successful joint ventures between Saudi and international companies such as Chevron, Mitsubishi, Shell and Mobil are located in the two industrial cities. The Royal Commission established the power and water infrastructure in Jubail and Yanbu, comprising a power station in Yanbu, seawater cooling facilities, desalination plants and wastewater treatment plants. All the utility assets run by the Royal Commission were transferred to Marafiq, and the new company started operating commercially on 1 January 2003, with SR 2,5 billion of initial owner equity.
Marafiq’s main objective, as stated in its charter, is to undertake the operation, maintenance, management, expansion and construction of seawater cooling systems, desalinated and treated water systems, sanitary and industrial wastewater systems and electric power systems to provide essential utility services to industrial, commercial and residential customers in the industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu.
As part of the Kingdom’s strategy to optimize its energy resources, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu embarked a two-stage project in the 1970s to conserve and exploit the enormous reserves of natural gas in the eastern region.
This involved the establishment of a vast industrial network to gather and process natural gas in Jubail Industrial City, followed by the construction of a double pipeline running from east to west across the Kingdom to transport oil and gas from Jubail to Yanbu. The aim was to supply energy for the many industrial projects in Yanbu and to facilitate the export of energy products from the Red Sea coast. The pipeline, which runs for 1,170 kilometres, was completed in 1982.These two massive industrial complexes on the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea are shining beacons of Saudi Arabia’s vision of industrial and economic development to reduce the country’s reliance on oil exports. Expansion of the two cities in the form of Jubail II and Yanbu II is well underway.
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