Saudi Arabia invites interest in water transmission PPP project

Saudi Arabia invites interest in water transmission PPP project

29 Aug 2021

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has invited developers to submit expressions of interest (EOI) in the project to develop a water transmission pipeline from Rayis-Rabigh independent water transmission

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has invited developers to submit expressions of interest (EOI) in the project to develop a water transmission pipeline under a public-private partnership (PPP) model.

Firms have been invited to submit EOI for the Rayis-Rabigh independent water transmission pipeline (IWTP) by 30 September.

The Rayis-Rabigh IWTP will have a transmission capacity of up to 900,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d), with the pipeline planned to have a length of 100km.

The successful developer or developer consortium will develop the project on a build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis. The project company, formed by the developer, will provide the entire water transmission capacity to SWPC under a water transmission agreement (WTA). The WTA is expected to have a total length of 35 years.

SWPC’s obligations will be supported by a credit guarantee from the Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Saudi government. Details on how to submit EOI can be found on the SWPC website.

Synergy Consulting has been appointed as financial adviser, with Amr Al Amr Law Firm and Fichtner appointed as legal and technical advisers respectively.

The project is part of the Saudi National Water Strategy 2030, under which a key goal is to provide 90 per cent of national urban supply by desalinated water to reduce reliance on non-renewable ground sources.

Energy & Utilities reported earlier in September that SWPC had set a date of 16 September for the submission of prequalification documents for the Ras Mohaisen to Mecca IWTP project.

SWPC had earlier received EOI from 35 companies for the public-private partnership (PPP) water transmission scheme.

The project will involve the financing, construction and operation of a water transmission pipeline from Ras Mohaisen – to Baha – to Mecca. The water transmission pipeline will have a capacity of 300,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) and a total length of 300km.

The IWTP project is likely to include a pumping station and a 300km pipeline to carry the water from the IWP to Baha and Mecca.

 

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