09 July, 2019

Saudi to privatize 20 desalination and sewage plants

They comprise 11 desalination and 9 sewage units

Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker stands at a desalination plant, 35 lm south of Riyadh, May 4, 2011.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker stands at a desalination plant, 35 lm south of Riyadh, May 4, 2011.

REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

09 July 2019
Saudi Arabia is planning to privatize 20 water desalination and sewage plants within a strategy to expand the private sector and boost public revenue as part of its Vision 2030 development blueprint, an official was quoted on Tuesday as saying.

The projects include 11 water desalination facilities with a combined output capacity of 4.3 million cubic metres per day and 9 sewage plants with a capacity of 1.1 million cubic metres per day, said Abdul Rahman Al-Zughaibi, Undersecretary for Economic and Investment Affairs at the Environment, Water and Agriculture Ministry.

He told the Arabic language daily Aleqtisadia that three targeted desalination plants are based in the Eastern port of Jubail, a desalination unit in the Western Red Sea port of Yanbu and a sewage plant in Taif in West Saudi Arabia.

"We are in the process of finishing procedures to offer these five facilities to the private sector...the rest would be sold off at a later stage," he said.

Zughaibi said the privatization programme covers three main sectors, including water distribution, offering existing and new desalination and sewage units to private investors and privatization of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Mily Chakrabarty)

(mily.chakrabarty@refinitiv.com)


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