Acciona consortium wins $1bn Saudi sewage plants contract – Saudi Arabia

Spanish infrastructure major Acciona said its consortium with Saudi partners Tawzea and Tamasuk has been awarded the contract for financing, construction and 25-year operation of three major sewage treatment plants in Saudi Arabia – Madinah-3, Buraydah-2 and Tabuk-2.  

These new contracts, worth a combined €855 million ($1.02 billion), have been awarded by the state-owned Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC).

These are the first BOOT/EPC (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer/Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contracts that Acciona has signed in the area of wastewater treatment in the Middle East. 


PROJECTS: Acciona projects in the GCC to boost ESG goals – Saudi Arabia

Spanish infrastructure giant Acciona has launched a new five-year master plan – SMP 2025 – to advance its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

Ranked top 100 globally in 2020 for economic and ESG indicators, the company is now spearheading a new, ground-breaking sustainability model.

Acciona is already a household name in major utility and infrastructure projects in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, both as a developer and as an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contractor.


Saudi Arabia hopes to raise $55bn through privatisation – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia hopes to raise about $55bn over the next four years as it plans to step up its nascent privatisation programme with the government seeking to boost revenue and narrow its yawning budget deficit.

Mohammed al-Jadaan, the finance minister, told the Financial Times that Riyadh had identified a pipeline of 160 projects across 16 sectors, including asset sales and public-private partnerships, through to 2025.

Riyadh’s aim is to outsource the management and financing of health infrastructure and services to the private sector, as well as city transportation networks, school buildings, airport services and water desalination and sewage treatment plants.


Saudi’s SWCC sets Guinness World Record for lowest energy-consuming desal plant – Saudi Arabia

SWCC’s new desalination plant operates at 2.27 kilowatt hours (kWh) per cubic meter of desalinated water.

The plant comprises a mobile seawater intake system that operates with the latest ERD energy recovery technology and highly energy efficient pumps.

In addition, the new desalination plant operates with an environmentally friendly reverse osmosis technology that has been implemented based on the latest international specifications and standards, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.


Doosan to construct RO desalination plant in Saudi Arabia

The Yanbu4 seawater desalination plant will be constructed in Ar Rayyis, located about 260km north of Jeddah and will be applying the reverse osmosis (RO) process, which removes salt from seawater.

Doosan plans to construct the Yanbu4 seawater desalination plant on an EPC basis, taking  on the responsibilities of engineering, procurement and construction.

The desalination plant will supply 450,000 tonnes of potable water daily to the Ar Rayyis region, the western part of Saudi Arabia.


Seven groups to bid for $3.5bn Jubail desalination plant privatisation project – Saudi Arabia

The upcoming tender for the privatisation of Saudi Arabia’s Ras Al Khair desalination and power plant situated north of Jubail city, will see seven groups from various parts of the world participating after they were prequalified by the country’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) for the project valued at an estimated $3.5bn.

The entities prequalified by SWCC to participate in the bidding process are Engie from France, Japan’s Jera and Marubeni Corporation, NTPC from India, local Saudi company Acwa Power and the joint Saudi-Chinese entity China Power International Holding/Ajlan & Bros Energy Company, as well as another unnamed consortium of Asian companies.

According to the SWCC, the winning bidder will acquire a 60% share in the Ras Al Khair project company, giving it management and operational control of the plant. According to several media reports, SWCC has not yet issued the request for proposals (RFP) for the privatisation but is expected to do so soon.


Saudi’s SWPC receives EOIs for Ras Mohaisen desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has begun receiving expressions of interest (EOIs) following its issuance of requests for qualification (RFQ) for the development of its Ras Mohaisen independent water project (IWP).

Approximately 44 companies have expressed their interest in developing the Ras Mohaisen IWP, including 21 Saudi companies.

UAE-based Metito Utilities Limited, and UTICO FZC; French firms ENGIE Middle East, Veolia Middle East; Egypt’s Orascom Construction, and Elsewedy Electric; Spain’s Acciona Agua; India’s Essar Power; and Japan’s Marubeni have all shown interest in the project.


Saudi’s SWCC says 7 consortia qualified to compete in Ras AlKhair plant privatisation

Head of Privatization at the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Ahmad Mohammad Al-Amro, said that seven regional and global companies and strategic consortia have been qualified to compete in the Ras AlKhair plant privatisation.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Al-Amro emphasised the readiness of financing entities to collaborate with these consortia, highlighting that the competition will be offered within the upcoming days and that SWCC will receive bids in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021.

Moreover, he noted that SWCC is one of the most important governmental sectors in the water field and the world’s largest desalinated water producer.


ACCIONA uses digital twin technology to start up Al-Khobar 1 desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

An ACCIONA team in Madrid has for the first time tested and commissioned a desalination plant thousands of miles away in Saudi Arabia using “Digital Twin” technology.

The Digital Twin – an exact digital copy of the Al-Khobar 1 Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant in Saudi Arabia – allowed a specialist team in Madrid to begin testing and commissioning at the plant remotely, with only minimal staff on site.

The technology allowed the commissioning of the plant to remain on schedule in spite of the travel restrictions in force as a result of the pandemic.


Saudi Arabia, US sign landmark MoU in desalination research and technology – Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture signed a deal on Monday to cooperate with the US Department of Energy in the field of desalination science and technology.

The departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding for longterm cooperation in the development of desalination industry and the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field.

The five-year agreement was signed virtually by Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Abdulkareem, Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, and Daniel R. Simmons, Assistant Secretary of Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy.