Saudi Arabia selects preferred bidder for Buraydah and Tabuk ISTP projects

26 Aug 2021
Saudi Arabia selects preferred bidder for Buraydah and Tabuk ISTP projects

Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has selected the preferred bidders for the Buraydah 2 and Tabuk 2 independent sewage treatment plants (ISTPs)

Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has selected the preferred bidders for the Buraydah 2 and Tabuk 2 independent sewage treatment plants (ISTPs).

A consortium of Spain’s Acciona and the local Tawzea and Tamasuk was selected as the preferred bidder with a combined levelised cost for both projects of SR1.435/cubic metre cm).

A consortium of Spain’s Aqualia and local firms Alfanar and Al-Khorayef was selected as the reserve bidder with a combined tariff for both projects of SR1.7078/cm.

The Buraydah 2 ISTP will have a capacity of 150,000 cm/day (cm/d) and the Tabuk 2 ISTP scheme will have a capacity of 90,000 cm/d.

Energy & Utilities reported in April that Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) had received bids from three groups for the Buraydah 2 and Tabuk 2 independent sewage treatment plants (ISTPs).

SWPC received bids from the following three groups:

  • Acciona (Spain)/ Tawzea (local)/ Tamasuk (local)
  • Aqualia (Spain)/ Alfanar (local)/ Al-Khorayef (local)
  • Metito (UAE)/ Mowah (local)/ Nesma (local)

SWPC issued the tender documents for the Buraydah 2 ISTP and Tabuk 2 ISTP in June 2020.

Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has issued tender documents for the planned Buraydah 2 and Tabuk 2 independent sewage treatment plants (ISTPs).

Energy & Utilities reported in May that SWPC had prequalified five groups to participate in the tender for the two ISTPs, which will have a combined total capacity of 240,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d).

The client has prequalified the following five groups to participate in the tender:

  • Acciona Agua (Spain)/ International Water Distribution Company (Tawzea)
  • FCC Aqualia (Spain)/ Alkhorayef Water & Power Technologies (local)/ Alfanar Company (local)
  • GS Inima Environment (South Korea)/ Al-Jomaih Energy & Water Company (local)
  • Marubeni Corporation (Japan)
  • Metito

The Buraydah ISTP is planned to have a sewage treatment capacity of 150,000 cm/d, with the Tabuk 2 ISTP scheduled to have a capacity of 90,000 cm/d. The plants are due to begin commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2023.

SWPC also recently issued tender documents to prequalified developers for the planned Medina 3 ISTP.

The winning developer for all three ISTP projects will sign a 25-year sewage treatment agreement (STA) with SWPC. The sewage capacity will be supplied by SWPC.

The STA will be supported by a credit support agreement from the Saudi government.

SWPC has appointed Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as lead and financial adviser, UK-based Atkins as technical adviser and UK legal firm DLA Piper as legal consultant.

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