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TAQA Group, Marubeni to develop power and water project for Saudi Aramco

Tanajib Cogeneration and Desalination Project in Saudi Arabia will have a net capacity of 940MW of power generation. (Image source: TAQA Group)

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) ? one of the largest listed integrated utility companies in the EMEA region ? along with Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni), has announced a partnership to develop a greenfield cogeneration power and water desalination project in Saudi Arabia with the world?s largest integrated oil and gas company, Saudi Aramco

The Tanajib Cogeneration and Desalination Project will have a net capacity of 940 megawatts (MW) of power generation, 1,084 tonnes per hour of steam and 5.25 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water gross capacity (net capacity: 4.3 MIGD). TAQA and Marubeni have signed a water and energy conversion agreement for a landmark greenfield industrial facility, as well as for the development of supporting infrastructure including pipelines to connect the desalination and cogeneration plants to end users. 

A special-purpose vehicle has been created to develop the plants with TAQA and Marubeni holding a 60% stake and Saudi Aramco with 40%. Under the contract, TAQA and Marubeni will operate the plants for 20 years on a build, own, operate, and transfer basis. This project aims to supply electricity, steam and desalinated water to Saudi Aramco?s nearby oil and gas facilities. 

Farid Al Awlaqi, executive director of generation,TAQA Group said, ?TAQA is pleased to partner with Marubeni and Saudi Aramco on a project of such strategic importance to the Kingdom. The Tanajib facility will utilise TAQA?s expertise in delivering efficient power and water projects, as well as further strengthening our capabilities in operations and maintenance through a 40% stake in the O&M company. TAQA has made a firm commitment to expand its generation capacity by up to 15GW internationally by 2030 and this project demonstrates the progress we are making on this while also expanding our existing footprint in Saudi Arabia.?