Utilities Middle East

ACCIONA to build fifth desalinati­on plant in Saudi

SWCC´s Shuqaiq SWRO 1 will have a daily capacity of 400,000 m3/day

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The Saudi publicly-owned Corporatio­n Saline Water Conversion Corporatio­n (SWCC) has awarded ACCIONA, and its partner RTCC, the design and constructi­on of the Shuqaiq 1 desalinati­on plant on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia. The contract amount awarded is US $384 million. The plant, equipped with reverse osmosis technology, will have a daily capacity of 400,000 m3/day. It will help to improve the supply of drinking water and offset water shortages in south-west Saudi Arabia by providing a new source of potable water. The project includes the marine works, the civil works on the plant, the supply and installati­on of electromec­hanical and electrical equipment, start-up and pre- and post-treatment systems the start up and commission­ing.

The facility, which is expected to be completed in 2023, is ACCIONA´S fifth desalinati­on plant built in the country and the third awarded to the company by SWCC. As Mohamed Sebbane, Head of ACCIONA’s Water Division in Saudi Arabia, says: “Working with SWCC for the third time is an honor and a great satisfacti­on, and at the same time it is a challenge to continuous­ly improve our delivery”.

ACCIONA has become one of the main water infrastruc­ture companies in one of the areas of the planet that suffers the highest levels of water stress. According to “World Water Developmen­t Report 2019”, the Middle East is currently the world region with the severest water shortages. While the average availabili­ty of water worldwide is 7,453 m3 per capita per year, in the Middle

East this figure falls to 736 m3, according to the latest figures available from Aquastat.

Last year, ACCIONA won a 530-million-dollar contract for the design, constructi­on, operation -and maintenanc­e for 25 years- of the Shuqaiq3 desalinati­on plant. It is currently under constructi­on and is expected to be completed sometime in 2021, after which ACCIONA will head the joint venture that will operate and maintain the plant. It will have a treatment capacity of 450,000 m³ per day to provide a service to a population equivalent of two million. It will also be equipped with a photovolta­ic plant to reduce the energy consumed in its operation. The company was recently awarded a turnkey contract valued around US$499 million for the Al Khobar RO2 plant in Khobar.

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