Saudi Arabia

Acciona wins Saudi desalination project.-Saudi

Acciona Agua is to design and build what will be one of Saudi Arabia’s largest desalination plants.

The €200m+ plant will have a production capacity of 210,000m3 per day.

Saudi government corporation Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is client for the Al Khobar desalination plant, which will be built in Khobar, on the country’s east coast, about 400km from Riyadh. It will also supply water to oil company Aramco.



Saudi Arabia’s solar panel market to grow at 30% with new projects.-Saudi

New projects such as $200-billion 200 GW solar power plant and the $130-million Al Khafji solar-powered water desalination plant would drive Saudi Arabia’s solar panel market to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 30.2 per cent during 2018-24, a report said.

Additionally, in the FY2019 national budget, the Saudi government has allocated $7 billion for the development of renewable energy projects, added the study titled “Saudi Arabia Solar Panel Market (2018-2024)” from 6Wresearch, a global market research and consulting firm.



Made-in-Vietnam desalination equipment shipped to Saudi Arabia- KSA

Doosan Heavy Industries Vietnam Co.’s (Doosan Vina) first batch of seawater desalination equipment left Dung Quat port for Saudi Arabia on July 19.

This is part of the 430 million USD Shoaiba-4 Seawater Reserve Osmosis (SWRO) desalination project, inked between Doosan Vina and Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Co. (SWCC). Under the deal, Doosan Vina and Doosan’s subsidiaries will produce some 1,727 tonnes of desalination equipment for the project.

The first batch with 566 tonnes of equipment is expected to dock at Saudi Arabia in the next three weeks. The following three shipments are scheduled for August, September, and December.



Acciona wins $234m contract to build Saudi desal plant.

Acciona Agua, a leader in providing sustainable solutions for infrastructure and renewable energy projects, said it has been awarded a €200 million ($234 million) contract by Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), a Saudi government corporation to build a desalination plant in Al Khobar region of the kingdom.

The facility is expected to be completed in two years and will have a capacity of 210,000 cu m per day, making it one of the largest in Saudi Arabia, said a statemenr from the Spanish group.



Saudi SWCC inks agreement for 3 floating desalination plants.

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has reportedly inked a deal with an international firm for the production of 150,000 cubic meters of potable desalinated water daily through three floating desalination plants established on barges.

Each floating desalination plant was confirmed to offer a production capacity of of 50,000 cubic meters of desalinated water per day.

The barges were designed to be stationed opposite Al-Shaqeeq desalination plants in order to feed the SWCC tanks with desalinated water.



Saudi PIF takes key stake in Acwa Power.

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has acquired a significant stake in the International Company For Water And Power Projects (Acwa Power), a leading developer, owner, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants.

As a result of the investment, PIF will become a 15.2 per cent direct shareholder in Acwa Power and, by taking into account the 9.78 per cent ownership of its wholly-owned subsidiary Sanabil Direct Investments Company, PIF’s total shareholding directly and indirectly represents a 24.98 per cent equity interest in Acwa Power, a statement said.



Hyflux exits contract with SWCC amid company reorganisation.

Hyflux has quit a contract with Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) for three seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plants, amid moves to restructure the company.

The contract to design, build, supply, test, and commission SWROs in Duba, Wajh, and Haql, in the west of Saudi Arabia, was terminated with mutual agreement after SWCC requested to change the project to a build, own, transfer (BOT) model.

Hyflux, which is poised to begin a reorganisation of its debt, chose not to continue because it would have been required to invest capital into project development. Hyflux received $3.5 million in payment from SWCC for work done.



Saudi budge covers projects to provide drinking water and develop water resources

Saudi Arabia’s 2018 budget envisages a capital expenditure of SR205 billion ($54.66 billion) or 21 per cent of total expenditures, 13.6 per cent higher than 2017. The capital expenditure ratio to total government expenditure is projected to reach 22 per cent in 2020, up from 19 per cent in 2017. While public expenditure growth is expected to average 4.3 per cent for the period 2018-2020, the growth of capital expenditure over the medium term is expected to average higher at 8.3 per cent, in order to drive economic activity and generate job opportunities, the Finance Minister said in his budget proposals. Total expenditures in 2018 are estimated at SR978 billion, increasing by 5.6 per cent over 2017 projections. This increase is due to the rise of operational expenses and capital expenditures incurred as a result of spending on the initiatives of the Saudi Vision Realization Programs. Some of this is the Citizen Account Program, that has been launched to offset any adverse impacts that may arise from the implementation of certain financial measures, including adjustments to prices of energy. The Expenses for various sectors envisaged in the budget are as follows: Public Administration: SR26 billion in 2018 budget is earmarked for Public Administration, covering the budgets for projects and new programs for initiatives. The funding is intended to help implement the initiatives of Vision 2030 Realization Programs, which are related to the Ministries of Justice, Haj and Umrah, and Civil Service. These initiatives aim to enhance the performance of these ministries and achieve efficient and effective utilization of accessible resources in order to maximize the quality of outputs. Infrastructure and Transportation: SR54 billion is allocated for Infrastructure and Transportation, including the budget for projects and initiatives with an overall cost of SR21 billion to develop roads, ports, railways, airports, housing, communications and information technology, postal services, the industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu, Ras Al-Khair Industrial Mining, and Jazan City, for primary and downstream Industries. Economic Resources: SR105 billion is allocated for Economic Resources and Public Programs, of which SR42 billion is allocated for programs and projects of initiatives related to the Saudi Vision 2030 Realization Programs. The sector’s budget also encompasses new projects and increases in costs of existing projects centered around the Saudi Vision 2030 Realization Programs. Further, the budget covers projects to provide drinking water and develop water resources. The projects budgeted also include sanitation services provision, dams construction, wells drilling, water leak detection and rectification, water and sewerage networks upgrade, water and electricity consumption rationalization, renewable energy promotion, efficiency and performance enhancement for desalination plants, infrastructure development for industrial cities, and the establishment of new silos and mills, in addition to the expansion of existing ones. Municipal Services: SR53 billion is allocated to the Municipal Services, including the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, municipalities, and development commissions for regions and cities, of which SR5 billion is allocated to the initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 Realization Programs. The sector’s budget covers expenses of ongoing development projects, including public transportation projects. It also contains building new intersections, tunnels, and bridges for some roads and streets inside cities, as well as developing existing ones, to solve traffic jams. Furthermore, the budget covers projects of asphalt road pavement, road lighting, storm drainage and flood control, equipment and machinery provision, waste disposal, marsh filling, coastline development, and administrative buildings and parks upgrade. Education Sector: SR192 billion is allocated to the public and higher education and workforce training. This budget includes allocations of SR5 billion for a number of initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 Vision Realization Programs and projects. The sector’s budget embraces implementing new projects and expanding existing ones, including educational facilities and schools for all educational stages for boys and girls across different regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; labs; and infrastructure of universities and training institutes and colleges. The budget also covers the renovation of existing facilities of schools, universities, and training institutes and colleges. The total cost of initiating new projects and expanding existing ones is SR4 billion, most of which are for implementing initiatives. Security and Regional Administration: SR101 billion is allocated for Security and Regional Administration. The sector’s budget includes allocations for new projects and the expansion of ongoing ones, with a total cost of SR12.6 billion. The funding aims to provide security requirements incorporating facilities, supplies, equipment, weapons, and ammunition. Military: SR210 billion is earmarked for the military. The sector’s budget includes allocations of SR10.2 billion for new development programs and projects covering building advanced systems and capacities. In addition, SR3.5 billion is allocated for military education, covering military colleges and King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. Moreover, SR26.5 billion are designated for military medical services besides allocations for development initiatives that embrace developing weapon and defense systems, improving military readiness, reinforcing capabilities, increasing performance efficiency, updating strategic planning mechanisms, developing military bases, supporting the nationalization of military industry, and developing accommodation and service facilities. The sector’s budget also incorporates salaries and wages of military personnel. Health and Social Development: SR147 billion is allocated to the sectors of health services and social development, of which SR33 billion are for the initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030. The sector’s budget also accounts for completing the construction and equipment of hospitals and primary healthcare centers in all regions of Saudi Arabia. 36 new hospitals with a total capacity of 8,950 beds are currently being established and developed in all regions of the kingdom. Two medical cities with a total capacity of 2,350 beds are also being constructed. General items: A total of SR89 billion is allocated for General Items. The budget includes the government’s contributions to Public Pension Agency and General Organization for Social Insurance, subsidies, cost of debt, and contingent expenses.


LANXESS signs distribution agreement with ICSCO – Riyadh – Saudi Arabia

On November 1, 2017, it signed a distribution agreement for Lewabrane membrane elements with Riyadh-based Saudi company Industrial and Chemicals Supplies Co. Ltd. (ICSCO). The contract was signed by head of LPT Jean-Marc Vesselle and ICSCO CEO Ahmed Mohamed Gashlan. “We selected ICSCO because of its experience in the field of reverse osmosis technology and are aiming to work together to ensure further growth in this region,” says Vesselle. “Our customers are owners of water and wastewater treatment facilities who are looking for quality, integrity and sustainability. LANXESS membrane elements meet the highest German and international production and quality standards, which makes them the perfect addition to our portfolio,” remarks Gashlan. Industrial and Chemicals Supplies Co. Ltd. is a subsidiary of AlKawther Industries Co. Ltd., which is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This global company has over 40 years of experience as a distribution partner for the water industry and is a leading supplier of reverse osmosis membranes, ion exchange resins, water treatment chemicals, metering pumps, filtration media, softening plants and monitoring equipment.

Growing demand for water makes reverse osmosis indispensable

The Gulf States obtain some 20 million cubic meters of drinking water from the sea every day. In Saudi Arabia, 70 percent of drinking water already comes from the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea. An energy-intensive multi-stage flash evaporation process is used for the majority of seawater desalination. Pre-treated seawater flows through chambers and evaporates instantly when hot steam is fed in through huge pipe networks. Around 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy is required for each cubic meter of water, which is equivalent to the energy content of one liter of heating oil. Saudi Arabia alone produces four million cubic meters (four billion liters) of fresh water per day in this way. A more economical technology is reverse osmosis (RO), which involves forcing the seawater through semi-permeable membranes under high pressure. These membranes do not allow the salt to pass through. The process only requires around a sixth of the energy consumed by an evaporation plant. The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) founded within Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water in 1972 estimates that the supply capacity needs to be increased to 10 million cubic meters by 2025 to satisfy the demand of the country and its fast-growing population. This means doubling the water capacity in less than 10 years. “In view of the situation, expanding our business in the region with a distribution partner that has been established there for decades is a key step for further growth,” underlines Vesselle. …