Acciona to construct €200m desalination plant in Saudi Arabia


Spanish company Acciona Agua has won a €200m EPC contract from Saudi Arabian government’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) to build the Al Khobar desalination plant in Khobar, on the country’s east coast, about 400km from Riyadh.

The contract, which includes a one-year warranty, is SWCC’s first design and build project with a Spanish company.

The facility will have a capacity of 210,000m³ per day, making it one of the largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia.

The plant, which will also supply water to Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, is expected to be completed in two years.

Acciona Agua has been involved in the water treatment business in Saudi Arabia since 2012. Earlier, the company was awarded the contract to design, build and commission the Al Jubail RO4 seawater desalination plant for Marafiq along with SBG-PCMC, which serves the city and the industrial complex in the Eastern Province on the Arab Sea coast.

Acciona Agua head of business development in the Middle East Julio de la Rosa said: “I think Acciona Agua was selected as the most favourable contractor by SWCC because of the highly efficient design, which enabled us to offer not only a very competitive price for EPC but to optimise the OPEX and the Specific Power Consumption, not to mention our proven track record worldwide and in the GCC.

“This project will be our sixth seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Gulf. Working with SWCC is a major leap for Acciona Agua since SWCC is the largest desalination company in the world. In the future, we expect to offer our high-end solutions to SWCC and to other clients in the region.”

Acciona Infrastructure Middle East managing director Jesús Sancho said: “This remarkable project for Acciona Agua in the Gulf is a strategic milestone for our company. It shows our technical capabilities as well as our competitive cost structure.

“Acciona has a magnificent team with a solid record of delivering sustainable growth in the Gulf.”


Image: SWCC and Acciona Agua officials sign a contract for the Al Khobar desalination plant. Photo: courtesy of Acciona.

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