Bids due soon for major Jubail desalination plant

Bids due soon for major Jubail desalination plant

7 Jan 2021

Contractors are working on proposals for a large new seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant in Jubail, which will have a capacity of 1 million cubic metres a day (cm/d)

Contractors are working on proposals for a large new seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant in Jubail, which will have a capacity of 1 million cubic metres a day (cm/d).

According to sources close to the project, bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract are due on 17 January.

The client Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has extended the bid submission date twice, with bids initially due on 4 November and then 6 December.

The project is part of the kingdom’s desalination development programme to meet the growing demand for potable water.

Most of the capacity will be developed in partnership with the private sector through independent water producer (IWP) schemes, which is being overseen by the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC).

SWPC is overseeing the development of two IWP schemes at Jubail, phases 3A and 3B.

Energy & Utilities reported in September last year that a consortium led by the local Acwa Power has reached financial close for the $650m Jubail 3A IWP.

Acwa Power, in consortium with Kuwait’s Gulf Investment Company (GIC) and the local AlBawani Water and Power Company, was awarded the contract to develop the plant for a world-record water tariff of $cents41 per cubic metre ($c/cm). The water purchase agreement (WPA) was signed on 21 May.

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) is the offtaker for the project.

The reverse osmosis (RO) Jubail 3A IWP will have a desalination capacity of 600,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) and is due to be commissioned towards the end of 2022.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract has been awarded to a consortium of Sepco 3 (China), Power China and Spain’s Abengoa.

The Acwa Power consortium saw off competition from three other groups to win the Jubail 3A IWP deal, with SWPC having prequalified 10 groups to participate in the tenders for the Jubail 3A and Jubail 3B IWP tenders.

Energy & Utilities recently reported that SWPC had received bids from four consortiums on 1 November for the 570,000 cm/d Jubail 3B IWP project.

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