Under the contract, Jacobs will provide front end engineering and design (FEED) services for the GUP, which will generate 650MW of power and also produce 14 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD) of water.

The GUP will serve the Ruwais Industrial Area and the residential complex located on the Arabian Gulf coast.

Jacobs’s FEED services will focus on enhancing efficiency, power generation and water production of the GUP while reducing environmental impacts.

The contract is expected to meet the increased demand for water and power from the on-going expansion of the Ruwais Industrial Area and residential complex.

Jacobs senior vice-president Mark Bello said: "We are delighted to expand on our relationship with Takreer at the Ruwais Refinery and provide FEED services for the GUP.

"Our strength in front end project delivery combined with our team’s proven performance in power and water generation supports Takreer in the growth of this refinery."

In November, Takreer commissioned the Ruwais Refinery expansion project with a 100% production capacity.

Takreer CEO Jasem Ali Sayegh was quoted by Gulf News as saying: "Commissioning Ruwais Refinery with a full capacity is considered as a major milestone that would boost the local refining industry and attain optimal integration with the country’s petrochemical industry as the new refinery will be producing Propylene, in addition to distillation products that are used as a quality fuel like gasoline, jet fuel and gas oil products.

"The new refinery was designed to double Takreer’ s current capacity to enable the company to refine about 900,000 bpd of crude oil and to maximize the production of propylene."