Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has invited expressions of interest (EOIs) for the development of three independent sewage treatment plants in the kingdom with a total ultimate treatment capacity of 350,000 cu m/day.
Of these, Al Haer ISTP with a total ultimate treatment capacity of 200,000 cu m/day and Riyadh East ISTP with 100,000 cu m/day capacity will be coming up in the capital, while the 50,000 cu m/day Khamis Mushait ISTP will be located in the Asir Province of southwestern Saudi Arabia.
This comes as part of the kingdom's Vision 2030 that recognises the critical importance of ensuring the future reliable provision of sewage treatment services for the quality of life of residents of Saudi Arabia.
Announcing the floating of tenders for the project, SWPC said it will conduct a competitive process to select developer/developer consortium for the funding, engineering, procurement, construction, implementation, ownership, operation, maintenance and transfer of the projects, together with associated infrastructure and facilities.
The Saudi utility group revealed that it was currently studying the option to bundle both the Riyadh East ISTP and the Khamis Mushait ISTP into a single project.
In such case, the bidders will be required to bid for the Bundled ISTPs together under one RFP and the successful bidder awarded the Bundled ISTPs.
However, SWPC said each project shall be implemented by a separate project company, which will be incorporated by the successful bidder following award of the Bundled ISTPs.
Under a 25-year sewage treatment agreement with SWPC, the winning bidders who will be incorporated to develop each facility will need to treat the entire sewage capacity supplied by the company.
SWPC is being advised by KPMG Professional Services as Financial and Lead Advisor, White & Case as Legal Advisor and Future Water and Power Consulting as the Technical Advisor.
The last date for submitting the EoIs has been set at December 5.

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