Western Asia

Acciona to build its fourth reverse osmosis desalination plant in KSA – Saudi Arabia

Acciona has announced that it has won a $500 million contract from Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) to build its fourth desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The Al Khobar 2 reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant will be built in partnership with Al Rashid Trading and Contracting Company (RTCC).

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.


Abu Dhabi Department of Energy Issues 2019 Annual Technical Report – UAE

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has issued the 2019 Annual Technical Report for Water, Wastewater and Electricity Sectors in Abu Dhabi, as part of its role as the regulating body, in charge of driving improvement in the technical performance of the energy sector. The aim is to enable the sector to play its critical part in driving the energy transition with improved efficiency and security of supply, while contributing to socio-economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The report features performance indicators for the water, electricity, and wastewater and recycled water, health, safety, and environment, exploring productivity rates and the developments that have transformed these sectors, as well as demand loads, transmission and distribution, and power grid performance in addition to identifying licensees in each sector.

The report has been developed based on the regulatory reports and documents submitted to DoE by the licensed companies operating in each sector across the emirate over the course of last year.


Saudi nuclear projects can meet desalination needs and generate jobs – Saudi Arabia

The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) published a new commentary that explores the Saudi nuclear energy project.

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.


SEWA chairman says emirate has developed a comprehensive plan to ensure provision and continuity of water supplies to residents – UAE

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is developing a comprehensive plan to ensure the provision and continuity of water supplies for the emirate’s residents, on par with the highest levels of availability, reliability and quality, the authority’s chairman has said.

In a statement released by SEWA, Dr Rashid Alleem said that Sharjah’s water networks extend for more than 3,500km and that production reaches 110 million gallons per day across the emirate, including 90 million gallons during the day.

“The authority is making great efforts to produce and desalinate water and distribute it to subscribers, as well as to educate them about the importance of water conservation and optimal use, as well as about remaining at home, except in cases of emergencies, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” stated Dr Alleem.


Saudi Arabia issues RFP for 380kV Substation at Jubail 3B IWP – Saudi Arabia

Developers of Jubail 3B Indepent Water Producer Project (IWP), which is under bidding stage issued the RFP for 380kV Substation and 380kV Transmission line package.

The Planned capacity of the Jubail 3B IWP is 570,000 m3/day. The plant will be designed using Reverse Osmosis seawater desalination technology.

The desalination plant will be located in Jubail area, eastern region of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Dubai’s DEWA applies precautionary measures as it continues to deliver services – UAE

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has undertaken a set of precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its customers and staff.

This is in line with Dubai Government’s efforts to provide the highest level of protection against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). DEWA has ensured the continuity of its delivery of electricity and water services, according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency.

DEWA’s staff have undergone training programmes to use technological tools and channels in its state-of-the-art digital infrastructure over the last few years.


Doosan Vina exports desalination equipment to Bahrain – Bahrain

Doosan Heavy Industries Vietnam (Doosan Vina) has exported three huge desalination devices with a total weight of over 2,000 tonnes to Bahrain, a company representative announced on April 7.

The three devices – Evaporator, Final-Effect, and Seawater Heater – are part of the Bapco MED project in Bahrain that Doosan Vina signed with Samsung Engineering Construction Limited in October 2018.

They will be used to heat and desalinate seawater into distilled water at Bapco.


Spain’s Abengoa to build large scale desalination plant in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

Abengoa S.A. has been selected, in a consortium with engineering and construction company SEPCOIII, to construct a 600,000-m3/d desalination plant for Acwa Power.

The value of Abengoa’s scope in the project exceeds $200 million Specifically, the company will be responsible for the engineering, supply and construction of the Jubail 3A reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant, in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, in the northeast of the country.

With a capacity of 600,000 m3/d, this plant will be the second largest plant with reverse osmosis technology in the country (it will have the same capacity as already under construction Rabigh III plant) and will guarantee the supply of drinking water to Riyadh, Qassim and Eastern Provinces throughout the year.


Spanish consortium wins Saudi water desalination project – Saudi Arabia

Spain’s Abengoa has announced that it has been awarded a contract to build the second largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. The project will be carried out in consortium with engineering and construction company Sepco III.

Under the terms of the contract, Abengoa will be responsible for the engineering, supply and construction of the Jubail 3A reverse osmosis desalination plant, which will be located in the Kingdom’s eastern province.


Abengoa consortium wins Saudi desalination project contract – Saudi Arabia

Spanish group Abengoa said its consortium with the engineering and construction company Sepco III, has been awarded a contract to build the second largest reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The contract for the 600,000-cu-m per day desalination plant was awarded by Acwa Power, a company leader in the development, investment, ownership and operation of energy generation and desalinated water. 

Besides Acwa Power, the developer consortium includes Gulf Investment Corporation and Al Bawani Water & Power Company. On completion, the desalinated water will be supplied to the state-owned Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), promoter of this project.