The Salini unit, Fisia Italimpianti, and Abenoga will design and build the plant for ACWA Power on behalf of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, the Saudi state-owned water utility company.

Located in the Shuaiba area on the western coast of Saudi Arabia, the plant will use reverse osmosis technology to deliver up to 250,000m3 of water per day, and supply potable water to more than one million residents in the cities of Mecca, Jeddah and Taif.

The joint venture has signed a ‘limited notice to proceed’ agreement for the preparatory work, and expects to sign the ‘full notice to proceed’ by July 27. The plant handover is scheduled for May 2019.