Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has announced that a consortium comprising French multinational utility group Engie and local water desalination company Mowah has emerged the preferred bidder to build a major desalination plant in the Yanbu region of Saudi Arabia.

One of the kingdom’s ambitious projects, Yanbu-4 IWP will be using reverse osmosis (RO) seawater desalination technology and on completion will boast a potable water capacity of up to 450,000 cu m per day, stated SWPC (formerly Saudi Water & Electricity Company).

As per the deal, the Engie consortium will be responsible for the development, design, financing, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the desalination plant which will come up near the town of Ar Rayyis (140 km west of Madinah).