Bernard Controls supplies actuators for YANBU 2 facilities in Saudi Arabia


MARAFIQ is the leading private water and power supplier in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The IWPP project (Independent Water and Power Project) that they launched in JUBAIL in 2007 is the world biggest project to combine power generation and water desalination. Indeed, in YANBU, the YANBU-2 project combines a 690MW thermal power plant and a desalination plant, which can treat up to 60,000 m3 a day.

MARAFIQ's desalination plants supply drinkable water to JUBAIL and YANBU cities. These facilities use the multiple-effect distillation (MED) process. This process use the thermal output of the power plant to heat and evaporate sea water (operating at low temperature). MED consumes three times less power than other thermal processes, which makes it a sustainable method for sea water desalination.

MARAFIQ has chosen BERNARD CONTROLS for YANBU-2 installations.

In fact, MARAFIQ already chose BERNARD CONTROLS' technology to equip its valves in JUBAIL desalination plant in 2008, in RAS LAFFAN installations in Qatar in 2009 and in FUJAIRAH (U.A.E.) in 2010. MARAFIQ has thus decided to continue his collaboration with BERNARD CONTROLS for YANBU-2 installations, which will be designed by Korean engineering companies: DOOSAN for the power plant and HANWAH for the desalination plant.

BERNARD CONTROLS supplied ST and STX ranges of electric actuators, for respectively weatherproof and explosion proof environments, in INTELLI+ version for easier site management.

Good coordination and team work within BERNARD CONTROLS teams and network, in both Saudi Arabia and Rep. of Korea, resulted in effective customer support and, consequently, in real customer satisfaction.