Construction work starts on Jubail 3B solar-powered desalination plant

30 May 2022
Construction work starts on Jubail 3B solar-powered desalination plant

Construction work has started on the 570,000 cubic metre a day (cm/d) Jubail 3B independent water producer (IWP) project in Saudi Arabia

Construction work has started on the 570,000 cubic metre a day (cm/d) Jubail 3B independent water producer (IWP) project in Saudi Arabia.

The Jubail 3 IWP is being developed by a consortium led by France’s Engie. Local firms Nesma and Ajlan & Bros are also partners in the consortium developing the plant, which will feature a 61MW photovoltaic (PV) solar installation – the largest inhouse solar component for a desalination plant in the kingdom.

The Engie-led consortium was awarded the contract to develop the Jubail 3B IWP in June 2021 after submitting a bid with a tariff of SR1.591 per cm. The consortium has signed a 25-year water purchase agreement (WPA) with the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC).

Energy & Utilities reported in November 2021 that China’s Sepco 3 and Spain’s Acciona had been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Jubail 3B IWP project.

The IWP will be located located 65km north of Dammam airport in the eastern province of the kingdom.

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