Spain's Acciona and local partner RTCC awarded construction contract for mega desalination plant in Saudi Arabia

$500 million contract awarded for 600,000 cubic metres per day desalination plant on the east coast

Al Khobar 2 sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Al Khobar 2 sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. Image used for illustrative purpose.

ACCIONA AGUAS/handout via Zawya Projects

Spain's Acciona announced on Monday that it has been awarded a turnkey construction contract for a 600,000 cubic metre per day (m3/day) sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant located in the east coast of Saudi Arabia.

The company and its local partner RTCC were awarded the $500 million (€460 million) Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract by state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) for the Al Khobar 2 desalination plant, Acciona said in a press statement.

The statement said the facility would be one of the largest desalination plants in the Kingdom and "the largest Reverse Osmosis-technology based plant under EPC scheme awarded in a single shot."

The Al Khobar 2 desalination plant is the country's fourth such project in the Kingdom, according to the statement.

Last year, the company was awarded a €750-million contract for financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the 450,000 m³/day plant Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant for a period of 25 years.

The plant, located in the south-west on the Red Sea coast, is scheduled for completion in 2021 and would cater to a population equivalent of two million. It will also be equipped with a photovoltaic plant to reduce internal energy consumption.

In July 2018, Acciona was awarded a contract worth around €200 million to build and commission the 210,000 m³/day Al Khobar 1 desalination plant to serve a population of one million.

The company has also designed and built the 100,000 m³ /day Al Jubail RO4 seawater desalination plant in the east for Marafiq to serve the Jubail city and its industrial complex.

(Writing by Madhura Deulgaonkar; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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