Yokogawa Electric Corporation said its Saudi subsidiary has received an order from Turkish contracting giant Limak Construction to supply the monitoring systems for a key water transmission pipeline project in the kingdom.
The Jubail-Riyadh water transmission system, owned by the state-run Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), will be transporting water from desalination plants near Jubail on the Persian Gulf coast to capital city Riyadh.
It will be one of the largest water transmission systems in the world, capable of transporting 1.2 million sq m of potable water per day. The system consists of a 412 km twin pipeline, one pumping station in Jubail, two intermediate pumping stations, and two tank farms.
The move is part of the SWCC initiatives to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, and to keep pace with national strategies that will form the basic engine of the economy. The plan is also in line with the Kingdom’s aspirations to attract domestic and foreign investment from the private sector.
The SWCC had earlier hired BNP Paribas as a consultant for the sale of the Ras Al-Khair desalination plant and other plants as part of a major privatization drive to reduce pressure on the government’s capital spending as well as to diversify government revenues away from oil.
Saudi-based Acwa Power said its consortium with Gulf Investment Corporation and AlBawani Water & Power Company has signed a major water purchase agreement with the Saudi Water Partnership Company for a greenfield sea water reverse osmosis desalination project being built at an investment of $650 million in Jubail city.
A consortium led by ACWA Power including Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Al Bawani Water & Power Company (Albawani) announced Thursday the signing of a water purchase agreement with the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) for a greenfield sea water reverse osmosis desalination project in Jubail, KSA.
The Jubail 3A Independent Water Plant (IWP) will have an investment value of $650 million and a capacity of 600,000 m3 of potable water/day, greatly contributing to Saudi efforts to ensure water security.
The 25-year agreement was signed with Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen A. Al Fadley, minister of environment, water and agriculture and chairman of the board directors of SWPC. Under the terms of the partnership, the consortium led by ACWA Power will design, construct, commission, operate and maintain the desalination plant as well as associated potable water storage and electrical special facilities.
The Saudi publicly owned company Saline Water Conversion Corporation has awarded ACCIONA and its partner RTCC the construction of the Al Khobar 2 desalination plant at Khobar, on the east coast of Saudi Arabia around 400 kilometres from Riyadh.
It is a turnkey contract valued at around USD 500 million. The facility will be equipped with reverse osmosis technology and a daily capacity of more than 600,000 cubic meter, making it one of the biggest in the country and the largest RO plant under EPC scheme awarded in a single shot in KSA.
To be located on the east coast of Saudi Arabia around 400 km from Riyadh, the facility will have a daily capacity of more than 600,000 cu. m., making it one of the biggest in the country and the largest RO plant under EPC scheme awarded in a single shot in the Kingdom.
The paper said that establishing a nuclear sector in Saudi Arabia would lead to lower unemployment, increase average wages, and help the Kingdom in meeting its desalination needs.“Nuclear desalination makes sense for Saudi Arabia, as it falls far below the water poverty line, as defined by the UN, at 2,000 cubic meters per capita,” according to the KAPSARC paper.
The paper explains that there are five potential vendors for Saudi Arabia’s first two nuclear reactors and affirms that the choice will determine the importance of maintaining a strong diplomatic bilateral relationship with the vendor country over the coming decades.