PROJECTS: Acciona reaches full production at Shuqaiq desalination plant in the testing phase

Shuqaiq 3 Independent Water Project has a desalination capacity of 450,000 cubic metres per day

  
Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant, designed and built by Acciona, will be one of the largest in Saudi Arabia, serving two million people.

Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant, designed and built by Acciona, will be one of the largest in Saudi Arabia, serving two million people.

Acciona/handout via Zawya Projects

Spanish utility company Acciona announced on Sunday that it has achieved a key milestone in the construction of the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant, ramping up production during final testing to full capacity of 450 million litres per day (450,000 cubic metres per day). 

The new Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant, by the Red Sea, is one of the largest to be built in Saudi Arabia and is already supplying the water network of Abha and Jizan in the southwest of the country, the company said in a press statement. 

The contract included the construction of a large Electrical Special Facility (ESF) to supply the plant with power. 

Acciona is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor, and 10 percent stakeholder in the Shuqaiq Three Company for Water (S3CW), the owner of the Shuqaiq 3 Independent Water Project (IWP). 

Other members of the owner consortium include Marubeni (45 per cent); and Saudi groups Almar (30 per cent), and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co (15 per cent).  

Jesús García Prieto, ACCIONA Shuqaiq 3 IWP Project Director, said: “This milestone is the result of  good teamwork between the client, our engineers and the construction teams. Now that we are  entering the final testing and commissioning stages, we will undertake a number of tests to make sure everything works perfectly”. 

Jesús Sancho, ACCIONA Middle East Managing Director, said: “It proves ACCIONA’s commitment to delivering good work to our clients on time, and of our ability to meet the goals of our clients and of local authorities.” 

The financial close for Shuqaiq 3 IWP was reached in May 2019 for a total value of more than $600 million. The project will meet the potable water needs of two million people. 

Acciona said it has five very large desalination plants and three large sewage treatment plants under construction in Saudi Arabia. They include Al Khobar I and II, with production capacities of 200 million and 630 million litres per day respectively; Shuqaiq 3 and 4, with 450 million and 400 million litres per day; and Jubail 3B with a capacity of 570 million litres per day.  

The recently awarded sewage treatment plants will serve the cities of Madinah 3, Buraydah 2 and Tabuk 2. 

(Writing by SA Kader; Editing by Anoop Menon) 

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com

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