|21 July, 2019

The world's fastest implemented water desalination plant Shuaibah expansion II IWP inaugurated

Commercial operation of the plant in May 2019, ahead of scheduled date.

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Bin Abdulaziz Governor of Makkah Region H.E. Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhly Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Bin Abdulaziz Governor of Makkah Region & H.E. Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhly Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture

Jeddah: Under the patronage of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region, inaugurated Shuaibah Expansion II IWP as part of a number of water projects in Makkah.

ACWA Power, the leading developer, owner, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants – and developer of Shuaibah Expansion II IWP - announced the commercial operation of the plant in May 2019, ahead of scheduled date. Diligent work by the ACWA Power teams and constant support from the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) – the off taker of the project – ensured completion of plant before the holy month of Ramadan.

The plant was completed within 21 months only; setting a new record for large-scale reverse osmosis plants. Shuaibah Expansion II IWP will help meet growing water needs of the overall western region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the production of 250,000 m3 of water per day.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Mohammad Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power said: “Stemming from our continued commitment to meet the power and water desalination needs of Saudi Arabia, we are extremely proud to maximise local content reaching 100% of operations led by Saudi teams.”

“This falls in line with our mission to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 as well as our constant support to the wise Saudi leadership who are devoted to the socio-economic and industrial prosperity of the Kingdom and its people. We are proud that the plant was completed safely, which reflects our safety standards and corroborates the fact that our people and their safety always come first” Abunayyan added.

The plant recorded high energy efficiency savings that exceeded the contractual terms of the project - adhering to and aligning with the efforts of Vision 2030 to conserve energy in the long term.

ACWA Power also owns and operates Shuaibah IWPP, the first IWPP developed following the Saudi government’s decision to open the market to private investment, which generates 900 MW of power and 880,000 m3/day. In addition, ACWA Power completed the 150,000 m3/day Shuaibah Expansion IWP in 2009.


About ACWA Power:
ACWA Power is a developer, investor and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 11 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. ACWA Power employs over 3,500 people with about 60% local employment. ACWA Power’s portfolio, with an investment value in excess of USD 45 billion, can generate 30+ GW of power and produce 4.8 million m3 /day of desalinated water to be mostly delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models.

ACWA Power, registered and head-quartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is owned by eight Saudi conglomerates, Sanabil Direct Investment Company (owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia), the Saudi Public Pensions Agency and the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group).

ACWA Power pursues a mission to reliably deliver electricity and desalinated water at a low cost, thereby contributing to the social and economic development of the communities and countries it invests in and serves.

ACWA Power strives to achieve success by adhering to the values of Safety, People and Performance in operating its business. For more info, please visit www.acwapower.com

Media contact details: Jon Barber Director – Marketing & Communications jbarber@acwapower.com  +971(0)45091052 Mohamed Yousef Ibrahim Manager – Marketing & Public Relations mibrahim@acwapower.com  +966(0)556607402

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