€240M contract for desalination plant in Saudi Arabia awarded

WCN Editorial Team 20 Apr 2017 MIDDLE EAST ENERGY & UTILITIES

A joint venture (JV) of Spain-based Abengoa and Italy-based Fisia Italimpianti has won a contract to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The JV will develop a reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Shoaiba III complex. Estimated to cost €240M, the new plant will have a potable water supply capacity of 250,000 cb m per day and will supply water to the areas of Jeddah and Makkah.

According to Abengoa, the proposed plant will boost the desalination capacity of Shuaiba III, currently at 150,000 cb m per day through reverse osmosis, and of 850,000 cb m per day via multi-stage flash evaporation.

The JV will design and build the plant for ACWA Power on behalf of the end client, the state-owned water desalination company, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC).

When completed, the facility will become the largest desalination plant built by Abengoa until now.

The project forms part of the second expansion of the Shuaiba-III desalination plant. The first phase of the expansion, undertaken in 2009, introduced the reverse osmosis technology.

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