A consortium led by UAE-based Metito Group has commenced construction on Independent Sewage Treatment Plant Project (ISTP) in Dammam West, Saudi Arabia.

The consortium includes Mowah, a water utility firm in Saudi Arabia, and Orascom Construction, an engineering, procurement and construction contractor in Egypt.

Metito said that the notice to proceed (NTP) was issued after the execution of project and finance documents by the banking group.

The project marks as the first ISTP to be awarded by the Saudi Water Partnership Company to investors under a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model.

The plant, which will serve the western region of Dammam, is estimated to have a designed capacity of 350,000 cubic metres per day with an initial capacity of 200,000 cubic metres per day.

Metito managing director Rami Ghandour said: “The Dammam ISTP is a true testament of the Kingdom’s progressive and visionary leadership and a great example of their support to further involving private sector in lifeline mega infrastructural projects.

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“Together with the support from the Saudi Water Partnership Company and the National Water Company, we will develop a project in world-class quality using the most efficient solutions and advanced technology that will guarantee sustainable optimised operations and service excellence. We will develop a working model for other similar projects in the Kingdom and further afield.”

The project is expected to play an important role in Saudi Arabian ministry’s plans to tender similar projects to the investors in different regions across the Kingdom.

Slated to begin operation in February 2022, the project aligns with the “Vision 2030” of the Kingdom and the initiatives approved by the Cabinet of Ministers to encourage private sector participation in economic development initiatives.

In 2018, Metito has secured a contract from King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) to design and construction of a solar-powered seawater desalination plant worth $58.75m.


Construction begins on independent sewage treatment plant project in Saudi Arabia. (Credit: Metito.)