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Rabigh 4 desalination plant unveiled

Rabigh 4 is a US$680mn IWP project in Saudi Arabia. (Image source: SWPC X account)

Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has announced the laying of the foundation stone for the 600,000 cubic metres per day (m3/day) Rabigh 4 Independent Water Plant (IWP) 

The ceremony was attended by Khalid Al-Quraishi, the CEO of SWPC, and officials from the project’s developers and contractors, according to an announcement posed by SWPC on its X (formerly Twitter) account.

The sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant is scheduled to start commercial operations in the first quarter of 2026 and supply potable water to the Makkah and Madinah regions.

A consortium comprising of ACWA Power, Almoayyed Group, and Haji Abdullah Alireza Company (HAACO) was awarded the contract in February 2023 to build and operate the 2.55 billion Saudi riyals (US$680mn) IWP project for a period of 25 years.

In July 2023, a consortium of Power China, SEPCOIII, and WETICO was awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for the Rabigh 4 IWP.