Construction of safest 380 kv substation in Saudi Arabia with over 2 million Zero Accident Hours

Delivered in 2015 on a fast-track 22-month schedule, the 380 kv Mashair substation provides additional energy capacity for the Haram area in Mecca.

Mashair Mecca Substation

With Algihaz Contracting as the prime contractor, the scope of work included planning and engineering design, procurement, execution, testing and commissioning.

Project challenges included a very tight time frame for a significant scope of work. Additionally, logistics were extremely challenging due to the project’s location in Mecca with many restrictions on construction and transportation of equipment. Project execution required complex coordination of international supplies from over 10 countries. Finally, the site itself, located in a mountainous region with rocky soil, created challenges for excavation and required specialized expertise and equipment.

Keys to Algihaz’s success included:

  • Sound financial position
  • Expedited delivery of equipment by support company
  • Allocation of resources – 2 16-hour shifts during peak construction phase

The successful project was delivered on time and on budget, with the handover ceremony attended by the HRH Prince Khalid al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Governor of Mecca Province and by the Chief of the Ministry of Energy. Subsequent to its handover, the substation has achieved a stellar safety rating with over 2 Million Zero Accident Hours.

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