Four bids received for Jubail 3B IWP

2 Nov 2020
Four bids received for Jubail 3B IWP

Developers submitted proposals on 1 November for planned 570,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) Jubail 3B independent water producer (IWP) project in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) received proposals from four bidders on 1 November for the planned 570,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) Jubail 3B independent water producer (IWP) project.

The groups which submitted bids are (in alphabetical order):

  • Aqualia (Spain), HAACO (local), Alfanar (local)
  • Engie (France), Nesma (local), Alajlan (local)
  • Utico (UAE)
  • Veolia (France), Aljomaih (local), AlKifah (local)

The bid deadline for the planned IWP was extended a number of times from the original bid submission date in 17 May to give bidders more time as a result of the travel restrictions and other measures being taken to limit movement during the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

In late March, SWPC appointed a consortium led by the local Acwa Power as preferred bidder for the planned 600,000 cm/d Jubail 3A IWP. The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) signed the water purchase agreement (WPA) with the Acwa Power consortium in April.

The client had appointed the consortium as preferred bidder on 26 March, a day after opening the commercial bids for the planned IWP. The Acwa Power consortium had submitted the lowest levelised water tariff of SR1.54861 per cubic metre (SR/cm).

A consortium of Japan’s Marubeni Corporation and the local Marafiq had submitted the second lowest tariff of SR1.59961/cm.

The full list of bidders and prices was:

  • Acwa Power (local)/ Gulf Investment Corporation (Kuwait)/ Al-Bawani (local), SR1.54861/cm
  • Marubeni Corporation (Japan)/ Marafiq (local), SR1.59961/cm
  • Aqualia (Spain)/ Haaco (local)/Alfanar (local), SR1.743542/cm
  • Utico (UAE), SR1.76518

The developer consortium reached financial close for the $650m Jubail 3A scheme in September.

The project is due to be fully operational by 30 December 2022.

SWPC, which was formerly called Water Electricity Company (WEC), prequalified 10 developers to participate in the tender for the Jubail 3A and the Jubail 3B IWP projects.

India’s Synergy Consulting has been appointed as lead and financial adviser for the Jubail 3 A and B projects. UK-based law firm DLA Piper has been appointed as legal adviser and UK-based Atkins is technical adviser for the planned projects.

The Jubail 3 scheme had originally been planned as an independent water and power project (IWPP) with a 1.17 million cm/d desalination capacity and a power component of 3,000MW. However, the client decided to drop the power generation component and proceed with the projects as two separate IWP projects.

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