The test-run was conducted at SRMCC’s facility in Jeddah.

In a first for the Saudi construction industry, leading materials science company Partanna Global has joined forces with Saudi Readymix Concrete Company (SRMCC) to successfully produce carbon-negative concrete blocks in the Gulf.

The technology was deployed at SRMCC’s main facility in Jeddah, the largest producer of ready-mixed concrete in Saudi Arabia.

The test-run at the facility utilised Partanna’s carbon-negative binder combined with Saudi Readymix’s existing aggregates. The process used zero traditional Portland cement and emitted no CO2 during production, it stated.

The carbon-negative concrete blocks produced in this trial were rigorously tested by ACES, a leading materials and technology firm. The tests confirmed compliance with the stringent Saudi standards (SASO), underscoring the material’s quality and durability.

According to Partanna, this successful deployment at SRMCC’s plant evidenced the scalable and versatile nature of its solution.

The technology integrates seamlessly into existing operations, demonstrating its “plug-and-play” capability and the potential for rapid adoption across the industry without the need for extensive new infrastructure.

Rick Fox, Co-Founder and CEO of Partanna, said: “Our successful partnership with Saudi Readymix showcases Partanna’s readiness to expand globally, supporting our mission to make construction more sustainable. We have shown conclusively that our introduction of the world’s first zero-emission material is both scalable and versatile, allowing companies to decarbonise and enhance profitability for a more sustainable future.”

Chris Leptokaridis, Technical Director at Saudi Readymix, said: “Partanna has brought to the table a powerful innovation that aligns perfectly with Saudi Readymix’s vision for sustainable and forward-thinking construction solutions.”

“We are truly impressed by the efficacy and environmental benefits of Partanna’s carbon-negative technology, and how it supports the kingdom’s Vision 2030. Their product is a game-changer, and we are proud to be part of a collaboration that echoes our mutual ambition for a greener, more innovative future,” observed Leptokaridis.