Midyan: an engineering landmark


Deep in the northwest area of Saudi Arabia, an engineering landmark is slowly but surely rising in an area west of Tabuk, marking yet another Saudi Aramco project that will help bring about economic strength to the region and create jobs for young Saudis.

Tabuk is a region with a cultural heritage that reaches deep into history with a diverse natural landscape that is among the most beautiful areas in Saudi Arabia. It’s popular for tourists and visitors who flock to the pristine beaches stretching along the coastline backed by mountains, water springs, reddish sand dunes and rocky hills. Tabuk is a region known historically as a crossroads of civilizations.

The emergence of the Midyan gas plant is yet another prime example of Saudi Aramco’s gas production strategy to achieve several objectives by supporting the national economy and opening up important industrial opportunities.

While the unique construction of the facility and the eventual production numbers are indeed impressive, the unified team behind the rise of Midyan has overcome several challenges along the way, which is equally impressive. 

Midyan gas plant project strategies

  • The first turnkey project to design and build the plant completely in-Kingdom in accordance with Saudi Aramco specifications and standards with a contractor from the Kingdom.
  • First plant in the Kingdom where gas processing units have been fabricated off-site, then transported and installed on-site, which expedited the execution and reduced the cost, with also the possibility of re-use in future projects.
  • Joint cooperation with appropriate parties in the region, which facilitated operations.
  • Creating job opportunities for fresh graduates in engineering and professional fields in the project.
  • Using the Duba Port for the first time to transport equipment from outside the Kingdom. 

Notable achievements of the project

  • 5 million man-hours without any lost-time injuries.
  • 66% of purchases and 20% of operations awarded to local vendors and contractors.
  • 150 Saudis received engineering and professional training in the project.
  • 700 tons of heavy equipment cleared from Duba Port on three shipments in a record three days for each shipment.
  • Promoting tourism through the distribution of brochures highlighting the many archaeological sites in the region that can be visited.