Saudi mega project adopts grooved technology
- Saudi Arabia: Thursday, January 03 - 2013 at 15:15
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The Development of King Abdul Aziz Endowment (DOKAAE) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is just one of the latest high profile international projects to solve engineering challenges using grooved piping technology. Faced with an exceptionally large install and a very tight time frame, consultants and contractor chose grooved products from Victaulic, the world's leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining systems.
Known as the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, these seven structures currently hold several world records of their own, including the world's tallest clock tower at 530 metres, the largest clock face at 1,849m2 and the world's largest floor area at approximately 1.5 million m2. The Towers also contain the world's tallest hotel, which at 601m is currently one of the world's tallest hotels.
Victaulic grooved mechanical piping systems were used in all areas of DOKAAE including HVAC, Fire Protection and desalination, with pipe sizes ranging from 2" up to 60" (50.8 to 1525mm) and pressure ratings of up to 17.75 bars. Piping materials used included both copper and stainless steel.
The project took over seven years to complete and included a nine-storey chilling plant with more than 65,000 tonnes of cooling water capacity. Victaulic was used extensively, including 168 heat exchangers, as well as on main connections and risers.
Using Victaulic systems enabled prefabrication, whilst flame-free assembly using grooved products not only sped up installation times but kept welding to a minimum, as local ambient temperatures rose over 50 degrees centigrade.
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