Spanish group Abengoa said its consortium with the engineering and construction company Sepco III, has been awarded a contract to build the second largest reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The contract for the 600,000-cu-m per day desalination plant was awarded by Acwa Power, a company leader in the development, investment, ownership and operation of energy generation and desalinated water. 

Besides Acwa Power, the developer consortium includes Gulf Investment Corporation and Al Bawani Water & Power Company. On completion, the desalinated water will be supplied to the state-owned Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), promoter of this project.