As part of the inauguration ceremony of SADARA and SATORP, Protec, the event production company, provided audio, video, lighting and robotics at the King Abdullah Cultural Centre, Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia.

Attended by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and a number of government dignitaries, these new infrastructure projects by the Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) and the Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Co (Satorp).

Fabio Umilta was the project manager for Moment International, the creative agency, for the event. He said: “The project was challenging from the start as we only had three weeks’ notice to plan and deliver an event of this size. Shipping and programming time were only two of the challenges faced. Delivering a project of this size in such a short time would scare anyone.”

Robert Handley, Protec’s project manager, added: “Time was one of our biggest challenges on this job. We had a very small window between confirmation and the event itself. Part of our full production service was to put together and manage all the necessary visa and logistical arrangements and what usually takes a matter of weeks we managed to achieve in days.

“We took five 40ft trucks of equipment that included an L-Acoustics Kara system for audio; KUKA LED panels for video which was located left, right and centre and run with D3 server technology. It also included a comprehensive lighting rig of Clay Paky and ETC fixtures along with more than 400 Schnick Schnack units, rigging for over 100-metres of truss, six-kilometres of cabling and a Robotics system of six x KUKA Kr 240-2 and two x KUKA Linear Track.

“Upon arrival it was clear that the pre-rigged hanging points were unsuitable. This was a venue that had a very restricted height clearance of just 10-metres and was a cluttered environment so we knew we had our work cut out to deliver.”