In 2014, we handed over our portion of the Jubail Export Refinery (JER) to its owner, Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company’s (SATORP), a joint venture between Total and Saudi Aramco. Alessandro Savi, who was Site Construction Manager for the conversion units package (2A), shares with us his experience on the project.

Key facts and figures

  • JER production capacity: 400,000 barrels-per-day
  • Package 2A: our largest single onshore project since 2009
  • Location: Jubail, Saudi Arabia
  • An outstanding safety record

Some information about you

I am currently Project Home Office Construction Manager based in Rome, Italy. I joined Technip in 2001, holding several positions in Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, such as Construction Engineer, Construction Cost Estimating & Proposals Section Head or Subcontract Manager before I was appointed Site Construction Manager for the conversion units on the Jubail Export refinery project.

A bit more details about the project

From the very start, safety and quality were our main priorities. With 90 million man-hours without a single Lost Time Incident to execute our portion of Jubail, it was an outstanding safety record. Originally we were contracted for program management services, including front-end engineering design (FEED), overall cost estimation and bid preparation for the different packages.
SATORP later awarded us two Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contracts: for the hydro and catalytic cracking conversion process units (Package 2A), some utility units and the network and process control system of the entire refinery. The complex came on stream mid-2014, eight years after the first agreements, and barely five years after construction began at site.

Tell us more about your role and why it was a great opportunity

The work I was in charge of comprised the most complex units of the refinery because of the critical process conditions (high pressure and temperature) and congestion (large quantities in small areas), which made the project in itself particularly interesting and challenging. I was also involved from cost estimation during the FEED, to the proposal phase and subcontractors selection. This then progressed to the construction management on site, which included full responsibility for health, safety, security and environment system implementation, progress achievement or quality control.

What was your biggest challenge?

To have all construction subcontractors, whether Italian, Saudi Arabian or Chinese, working successfully together according to Technip’s health, safety, environment, quality and material management tools, standards and procedures, which were by far the most stringent ones among all EPC Contractors working in the project.

And your main success?

To complete the heavy lift campaign safely,on time, without extra costs and with client’s and subcontractors’ satisfaction.

Can you share with us your best memory?

The moment we successfully completed our last integrity test on the underground piping network!

What did it bring to you in terms of professional development?

The positive feedback received by the whole team proved that we had not just built a plant, but a way to work together that may inspire us in our future projects.