RFP issued for Saudi Arabia’s Rabigh 4 IWP

17 Jun 2022
RFP issued for Saudi Arabia’s Rabigh 4 IWP

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has issued the request for proposals (RFP) for the planned 600,000 cubic metre a day (cm/d) Rabigh 4 independent water producer (IWP) plant

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has issued the request for proposals (RFP) for the planned 600,000 cubic metre a day (cm/d) Rabigh 4 independent water producer (IWP) plant.

Energy & Utilities reported in November 2021 that SWPC had prequalified eight groups for the Rabigh 4 IWP project.

SWPC prequalified the following eight firms/ consortiums:

  • Acciona Agua (Spain)/ Aljan & Brothers Energy Company (local)
  • Acwa Power (local)
  • Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios (Spain)
  • Kahrabel (France/UAE)
  • Marafiq (local)/ Alfanar (local)
  • Marubeni Corporation (Japan)
  • Utico (UAE)/ Mowah (local)/ CRCCI
  • Veolia (France)

Energy & Utilities reported in July 2021 that SWPC had received expressions of interest (EOI) from 39 companies for the Rabigh 4 IWP and had invited the firms to submit requests for qualification (RFQ).

 The successful company from the upcoming tender will develop the project under a 25-year water purchase agreement (WPA). The WPA will be backed by a credit support agreement from the Saudi government.

SWPC has set a target for the Rabigh 4 plant to begin commercial operations by the fourth quarter of 2025.

The Rabigh 4 IWP project is part of the kingdom’s programme to develop 16 IWPs to service areas across the kingdom.

Although Riyadh successfully implemented the independent water and power project (IWPP) model between 2004 and 2010, awarding contracts for three large power and water cogeneration projects during this period, that majority of the kingdom’s desalination capacity had been delivered through government-funded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.

The push towards utilising public-private partnership (PPP) models to develop power and water projects has been swift since the fall in oil prices in 2014 and the subsequent launch of the Vision 2030 economic reform plan in 2016.

The kingdom awarded the contract for its first PPP standalone desalination plant, the $700m Rabigh 3 IWP in late December 2019. An Acwa Power-led consortium will develop the 600,000 cm/d plant, one of the largest reverse osmosis (RO) plants in the world.

The kingdom also awarded a contract for the development of the 450,000 cm/d Shuqaiq 3 IWP in the first quarter of 2019 to a consortium of Spain’s Acciona, Japan’s Marubeni and the local Rawafid Alhadarah.

In April 2020, SWPC signed water purchase agreement (WPA) with a consortium led by the local Acwa Power for the planned 600,000 cm/d Jubail 3A IWP.

One year later, in April 2021, a consortium of France’s Engie and local firms Nesma and Alajlan was selected as the preferred bidder for the 570,000 cm/d Jubail 3B IWP project.

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