This is how Saudi Arabia’s NEOM is working towards sustainable water management and treatment – Saudi Arabia

As one of the world’s most water-stressed countries, India faces a massive challenge every day to deliver safe drinking water to a population of close to 1.8 billion people.

And when one considers that it is home to 18% of the world’s population but has access to only 4% of global freshwater resources, a radical rethink of how it manages its water resources is urgently needed.

Change is needed to tackle some of these challenges, and solutions may be within reach.


Saudi Crown Prince swoops desalination plants out from under water-tapped Marin – Saudi Arabia

The Marin Municipal Water District is considering leasing three desalination plants to augment its dwindling water supply, with reservoir levels so low right now, they might dry up by next summer.

But the district faces an unlikely competitor for the water sources – the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia wants the very same plants.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to buy the three plants for an otherworldly project he announced this past January.


Saudi Arabia seeks EoIs for Riyadh-Qassim water pipeline project – Saudi Arabia

SWPC has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) for the Riyadh-Qassim IWTP project, which on completion, will boast a transmission capacity of 685,000 cu m per day. 

Through this IWTP programme, the Saudi government aims to achieve its goals of ensuring sustainable development of the country’s water resources while providing affordable high-quality services, said a statement from SWPC. 

It will develop the necessary potable WTS network comprising pipelines and interim/terminal storage facilities within the Eastern Supply Group to provide critical connectivity between the consumption centers and the upcoming desalination plants.


ACWA’s CEO bullish on future with assets doubling while costs fall on AI, automation – Saudi Arabia

ACWA Power will stick to its ambitious spending plans after it goes public and double its assets over the next four years, the head of the energy and water company has told Arab News.

Paddy Padmanathan, CEO of the business, was bullish about Acwa’s future prospects as he talked up how technological developments are revolutionising the way the company operates.

The Riyadh-based firm already has 64 projects across the world, and Padmanathan insists there will be no slowing down when 81.2 million shares, representing 11.1 percent of the company, are listed on the Main Market of the Saudi Stock Exchange, Tadawul.


Acciona secures $398m main contract for Jubail 3B Independent Water Plant in KSA – Saudi Arabia

Acciona, the Spanish infrastructure giant, has announced that it has secured the main contract worth $398 million for the Jubail 3B Independent Water Plant (IWP) in Saudi Arabia.

According to a statement, the Jubail 3B IWP plant, which is located 65km north of Dammam airport in KSA, will produce 570,000 cu m/day of potable water through reverse osmosis technology to supply the cities of Jubail and Dammam.

The plant will include storage facilities for one operational day, in addition to an in-house renewable energy capacity to reduce grid electricity consumption throughout the desalination process, the statement added.

Saudi suspended world’s largest desalination and power plant privatization due to pandemic — official – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has suspended the privatization of Ras Al Khair Desalination and Power Plant due to the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, which slowed the responses it got from bidders, National Center for Privatization & PPP CEO Rayyan Nagadi said.

“It is clear that the pandemic repercussions affected the response of companies in the world to a project of the size of the Ras Al-Khair plant,” he said.

Suspension of the world’s biggest desalination and power plant privatization was announced by the Privatization Supervisory Committee for the Environment, Water and Agriculture on Monday.


Saudi Arabia Suspends Privatization of Desalination and Power Plant – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has suspended the privatization of the Ras Al Khair desalination and power plant, one of a number of state assets that the government aimed to sell to reduce pressure on capital spending and diversify revenues away from oil.

“This decision was made in order to capitalize on knowledge and capacity built in the Kingdom as a result of many years of experience in the areas of water desalination, new technologies, R&D (research and development) and supply chains”, said the Privatization Supervisory Committee for the Environment, Water and Agriculture sectors.

“A new engagement strategy and plan for the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) assets such as Ras Al Khair plant will be announced shortly,” it said in a statement on Monday on the website of the Saudi national center for privatizations.


Saudi Arabia Halts $2 Billion Sale of Water Plant Stake – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has halted the sale of one of the world’s biggest water plants, which had attracted interest from investors including France’s Engie SA, in a setback for the kingdom’s privatization plans.

The Ras Al Khair desalination and power facility on Saudi Arabia’s east coast had cost more than $7 billion to build.

The government, which had been hoping to accelerate asset sales this year, blamed disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Saudi Arabia cracks down on water pollution – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture began implementing the executive regulation for the protection of water from pollution across the Kingdom.

The new legislation stipulates a fine ranging from 10,000 riyals to 20 million riyals for throwing wastewater or any untreated liquid components, discharging or injecting them into groundwater or into any environmental medium.

It also states that all surface and groundwater resources are now public property, and can only be used by acquiring a licence from the country’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.


Abengoa begins commissioning of Saudi Arabia’s largest RO plant – Saudi Arabia

Abengoa, an international provider of sustainable solutions for the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, has announced that it has produced the first permeate, that is, the first desalinated water, at the Rabigh 3 desalination plant that it is building in the Saudi city of Rabigh.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for this project was awarded to a consortium of Abengoa, Sepco III (Power China) and Sidem (Veolia) in 2018. 

Acwa Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, is the majority owner of the Rabigh 3 desalination plant. The commissioning of this plant is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.