Acciona wins Saudi Arabia desalination contract

Acciona wins Saudi Arabia desalination contract

29 Apr 2020

Spanish firm will build $500m Khobar 2 desalination plant on the eastern coast of the kingdom

Spain’s Acciona, in partnership with the local RTCC, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth $500m to build the Khobar 2 desalination plant on the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia.

The Khobar 2 plant will have a desalination capacity of 600,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d), making it one of the largest reverse osmosis (RO) plants awarded under an EPC contract in the kingdom. Acciona was awarded a contract worth about $217m to build the Al-Khobar 1 desalination plant, which will have a capacity of 210,000 cm/d when fully commissioned.

The Spanish firm is also currently developing a major desalination project under the independent water producer (IWP) model in Saudi Arabia. In January 2019, Acciona, in partnership with Japan’s Marubeni Corporation and the local Abdul Latif Jameel, was awarded a the contract to develop the 450,000 Shuqaiq 3 IWP.

The Shuqaiq 3 project, due to be commissioned in 2021, will be fitted with a photovoltaic (PV) solar plant to reduce the carbon footprint of the plant.



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