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Saudi Arabia receives 32 EOI for Jubail- Buraydah IWTP Project

The Al-Haer ISTP is planned to have a sewage treatment capacity of 200,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d), and will be located in the capital city of Riyadh. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has received expressions of interest (EOI) from 32 companies for the planned project to develop an independent water transmission pipeline (IWTP) from Jubail to Buraydah

The planned Jubail to Buraydah IWTP will have a total length of 603km and a transmission capacity of up to 650,000 cu/m a day.

The successful developer or developer consortium will develop the project on a build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis. The project company, formed by the developer, will provide the entire water transmission capacity to SWPC under a water transmission agreement (WTA). The WTA is expected to have a total length of 35 years.

SWPC?s obligations will be supported by a credit guarantee from the Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Saudi government. 

The Jubail-Buraydah scheme is the fourth IWTP project that Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with.

Energy & Utilities have reported that SWPC had invited firms to submit request for qualification (RFQ) for the Rayis-Rabigh independent IWTP project. The Rayis-Rabigh IWTP will have a transmission capacity of up to 900,000 cu/m a day, with the pipeline planned to have a length of 100km.

In September, SWPC had also invited firms to submit EOI for the Riyadh to Qassim IWTP.

The Riyadh to Qassim pipeline will have a total length of 1,392 km and will have a water transmission capacity of up to 685,000 cu/m a day.

SWPC is also pushing ahead with the Ras Mohaisen to Mecca IWTP project. In September, SWPC invited firms to submit RFQ documents for the project after having received EOI from 35 companies for the public-private partnership (PPP) water transmission scheme.

The project will involve the financing, construction and operation of a water transmission pipeline from Ras Mohaisen ? to Baha ? to Mecca. The water transmission pipeline will have a capacity of 300,000 cu/m a day and a total length of 300km.

The IWTP project is likely to include a pumping station and a 300km pipeline to carry the water from the IWP to Baha and Mecca.

The projects are part of the Saudi National Water Strategy 2030, under which a key goal is to provide 90 per cent of national urban supply by desalinated water to reduce reliance on non-renewable ground sources.