Saudi Water Partnerships Company has announced that the construction work is going at a steady pace on the Jubail 3A reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant coming up in the Eastern Province of the kingdom.
A key independent water project (IWP), the 600,000-cu-m-per-day plant is located 18 km south of Jubail Industrial City along the Arabian Gulf coast, adjacent to the existing plant units (Jubail Phase 1, Jubail Phase 2 and Jubail RO plants).
A consortium led by Acwa Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants, in association with Gulf Investment Company (GIC) and Al Bawani Water and Power Company (AWP), is developing the project.
It had last year won the project with a world-record tariff of 41 US Cents per cu m for desalinated potable water.
"With work in full swing, commercial operations are likely to begin in the last quarter of 2022," said Khaled Alqureshi, the CEO of Saudi Water Partnerships Company, after an inspection tour of the project site.
The engineering and construction team had achieved great success at the project site clocking 6 million safe working hours, stated Alqureshi.
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work is being handled by a consortium of Sepco III, Power China and Abengoa. The operations and maintenance agreement was signed with an affiliate of First National Operations & Maintenance Company (Nomac).-TradeArabia News Service