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Saudi Arabia turns up temperature on water reduction plans – Saudi Arabia

Water rationalisation has been a high priority for the Saudi Arabian Government in recent years as it has repeatedly tried to address the stark imbalance of the country’s water consumption rates compared to its actual availability of resources.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s driest countries, but at the same time it’s the world’s third largest per capita consumer of water after the United States and Canada.

Attempts to boost reserves while cutting consumption have long been on the agenda in response to this perennial problem that affects most Middle Eastern nations.

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Saudi Arabia invites EOIs for Yanbu 4 water desal project near Makkah – Saudi Arabia

WEC said the project on the Red Sea coast will be powered by the area’s high-voltage network. The agency is set to conduct a “competitive process” to select a single developer or a consortium for the plant’s development, financing, procurement, implementation, operations, and maintenance.

Upon launch, the desalination plant will have a daily potable water capacity of 450,000m3, with the selected project developer to sell its capacity and output to WEC under a water purchase agreement under a concession of 25 years.

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American group wins $9m Saudi Arabia water desalination contracts – Saudi Arabia

President and chief executive officer of Energy Recovery, Chris Gannon, did not reveal additional details of the Saudi clients, but said that the company’s backlog and pipeline at present are the “most significant” in its history, “with activity and awards spanning 2019 and 2020”.

Energy Recovery’s PX Q300 Pressure Exchanger units will be shipped to Saudi Arabia in Q2 2019, and are expected to reduce power consumption at all desalination facilities by 54.3 megawatts. 

In total, the devices will save at least 469 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy at the desalination facilities, which produce 380,000m3 of water per day.

The production capacity is the equivalent of “filling more than 150 Olympic-sized swimming pools”, the company said in a statement.

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ACWA Power consolidates its stake in RAWEC – Saudi Arabia

ACWA Power, a developer, owner and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, has announced the completion of the acquisition of certain shares and debt instruments/loan notes owned by Marubeni Corporation in Rabigh Arabian Water & Electricity Company (RAWEC) and certain shares owned by Marubeni in RAWEC’s Operations & Maintenance Company, namely Rabigh Power Company (RPC).

RAWEC is the captive utilities (power, water and steam) provider to Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh Corporation), a joint venture formed in 2005 between Sumitomo Chemical, Japan and Saudi Aramco, which owns, operates and manages the Rabigh petrochemical complex.

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Saudi’s Acwa Power plans $3bn investment in Egypt – Egypt

Saudi-based Acwa Power, a major developer of power and water desalination projects, is set to invest around $3 billion in Egypt’s electricity projects during this year.  

The utility developer has collaborated with Hassan Allam Holding Company to establish a 2.3-megawatt power plant in Luxor.   

The power plant, being built at a cost of $2.3 billion, is expected to start the Phase One of the operation in the summer of 2022 and the full commercial operation in the summer of 2023.   

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Saudi Arabia to change behaviours and cut water consumption by 2030 – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Water Forum, organised under the patronage of Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, Eng Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsin Al-Fadhli, will be held in Riyadh on 17-19 March, 2019 to tackle Saudi Arabia’s and the region’s anticipated water shortages, as well as help the kingdom to secure water resources for the future.

As the forum’s website explains, Saudi Arabia’s per capita water consumption is among the world’s highest, which “is in conflict with the environmental conditions of the kingdom”. 

Saudi’s average water consumption is 263 litres per capita each day, and the kingdom aims to reduce this to 200 litres by 2020, and 150 litres by 2030. 

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ACWA Power signs final financial agreements for one of the world’s largest SWRO desalination projects in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

ACWA Power, a leading developer, owner and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, leading a consortium with Saudi Brothers Commercial Company(“SBCC”), announced the successful signing of senior financing and hedging agreements for the SR 2.625 billion (USD 700 million) Rabigh-3 IWP which will generate 600,000 m³/day – making it one of the largest SWRO desalination projects in the world to be built in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The water purchase agreement was signed on 24th of December 2018 by HE Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture and Chairman of Water & Electricity Company (WEC), as WEC will act as the off taker of the project.

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Saudi’s Swicorp, Spain’s Acciona deliver Bean Solar Park projects – Saudi Arabia

Three photovoltaic farms at Egypt’s 37km² Benban Solar Park have been assembled and are nearing operational readiness, following development completion by Spain’s Acciona Energía and Enara Bahrain, the renewable energy subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Swicorp.

The renewable energy parks have a combined electricity production capacity of 150MW and will eventually generate power for up to 150,000 homes. 

Enara and Acciona Energía, the renewable energy subsidiary of Spanish contractor Acciona,will operate the parks under a joint venture (JV) agreement. Both firms will hold 50% stake in the projects, valued at $180m (SAR675m). 

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Acwa, Huawei in tie-up to develop PV market – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power, a leader in power and desalination water plants, has signed a global cooperation agreement with Huawei at the recent Sino-Saudi Investment Forum in Beijing to develop the photovoltaic (PV) market.

The two firms will apply  cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing to PV plant projects to promote the industry’s progress with technological innovation.

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ACWA Power set to expand power generation capacity with $35bn investment in next five years – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia-based power generation company, ACWA Power, has confirmed plans to increase its water desalination and power generation capacity and grow during the next five years with investments valued at approximately $35bn, according to Trade Arabia.

As the quickest growing power and water developer in the Middle East and Africa, the company is expected to enter newer territories as part of its new growth strategy.

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