- First-of-its-kind facility in the region to offer both sand-casting and open die forging processes (complemented by machining facilities)
- The facility is expected to have an annual production capability of 60,000 tons
- The facility is expected to create approximately 1,400 direct jobs
- The facility is anticipated to be operational in the first quarter of 2025
Riyadh – January 18th, 2022: The Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company (Dussur), Saudi Aramco, and South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. (Doosan), a subsidiary of the Doosan Group, announced the establishment of Tuwaiq Casting & Forging Company, which is a joint venture (JV) to construct, own and operate a world-scale, integrated casting and forging facility in the industrial city of Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia. The production capacity of this project is expected to be 60,000 tons annually of various products used to supply original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and local manufacturers in many fields including drilling rigs, drilling equipment, engines, and marine services, in addition to providing the local market with the resources needed to produce manufacturing and operating equipment such as valves, pumps, compressors, wellheads, pipe flanges, heat exchangers, gas turbines, and winds. The facility will focus on sand casting and open-die forging, coupled with machining efficiencies.
The project aims to cover the local demand for these products, with plans to expand abroad in regional markets. The JV facility in Ras Al Khair on Saudi Arabia’s east coast is expected to implement strong safety standards and utilize high-efficiency world-class processes to produce high-quality products. It is expected to localize expertise in multiple high-quality fabrication disciplines and create around 1,400 direct jobs. Commercial operation is expected by the first quarter of 2025. Dr. Raed Al-Rayes, CEO of Dussur, said, “Through this strategic investment, we seek to pave the way for the development and advancement of many manufacturing industries - in line with Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The aim of the project is to localize industrial supply chains and sectors such as the oil and gas industry, the marine sector, the automobile industry, and the defense sector. We are working to ensure that this project contributes to enhancing the local content, helping accelerate the growth and development of the manufacturing sector in the Kingdom.
In addition to transferring the technical know-how and expertise by our technical partner (Doosan) in the casting and forging industry, benefitting the youth of the country.”He added, “This is a unique facility that will combine melting, casting, forging, and machining capabilities under one roof serving sectors under Dussur’s mandate of catalyzing the development of industrial value chains.”Dr. Al-Rayes concluded, “This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the government and HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, along with other government entities, including the Ministry of Energy, Investment and Industry. Also, we would like to thank the Committee for their support.” “This joint venture is expected to be instrumental in enabling multiple local industrial value chains.
The new facility is also expected to enable OEMs to expand their local spend through sourcing casting and forging components from the joint venture facility, and would eventually enhance their local content, in line with our localization objectives,” said Waleed Al-Saif, Aramco’s Executive Director of New Business Development. “This facility is meant to produce semi-finished and finished cast and forged components to meet the local demand-driven by Saudi Aramco, as well as the existing energy and industrial sectors, with a plan to serve the GCC region.It is also expected to act as a catalyst to unlock and attract future industries to be established within the Kingdom,” added Al-Saif. “This joint venture project represents a significant milestone as we expand overseas with our casting and forging technology,” said Geewon Park, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Chairman and CEO. “It will serve multiple industries throughout Saudi Arabia while also serving as a platform to offer our expertise in other emerging business areas such as renewable energy,” Geewon Park added.