ACCIONA to construct desalination plant in Saudi Arabia

UntitledThe publicly owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded ACCIONA, and its partner RTCC, a US$384mn contract to design and construct the Shuqaiq 1 desalination plant on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia

The plant, equipped with reverse osmosis technology, will have a capacity of 400,000 cu/m per day. It will help to improve the supply of drinking water and offset water shortages in South-West Saudi Arabia by providing a new source of potable water.

The project includes the marine works, the civil works on the plant, the supply and installation of electromechanical and electrical equipment, start-up, pre- and post-treatment systems, and commissioning.

The facility, which is expected to be completed in 2023, is ACCIONA’s fifth desalination plant built in the country and the third awarded to the company by SWCC. 

Mohamed Sebbane, head of ACCIONA’s Water Division in Saudi Arabia, said, “Working with SWCC for the third time is an honor and a great satisfaction, and at the same time it is a challenge to continuously improve our delivery.”

ACCIONA's Saudi projects:

Last year, ACCIONA won a US$530mn contract for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance (for 25 years) of the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant. It is currently under construction and is expected to be completed sometime in 2021, after which ACCIONA will head the joint venture that will operate and maintain the plant. It will have a treatment capacity of 450,000 cu/m per day to provide a service to a population equivalent of two million. It will also be equipped with a photovoltaic plant to reduce the energy consumed in its operation.

The company was recently awarded a turnkey contract valued around US$499mn for the Al Khobar RO2 plant in Khobar, located on the east coast of the country around 400km from the capital Riyadh. This plant’s daily capacity will be slightly more than 630,000 cu/m per day, making it one of the biggest in the country and the largest in the world using reverse osmosis technology built under the EPC modality in a single phase. 

In July 2018, the company was awarded a contract of around US$240mn for the construction and start-up of the Al Khobar 1 desalination plant, located near Al Khobar RO2, to provide a service to one million people.

It has also designed and built the Al Jubail RO4 seawater desalination plant for Marafiq. With a capacity of 100,000 cu/m per day, it serves both the city of Al Jubail and its industrial complex in the eastern region of the country.

Overall, once replacement of Shuqaiq 1 is completed, around 1.8 million cu/m per day of desalinated water will be supplied by ACCIONA in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia all through reverse osmosis.

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