The joint development agreement (JDA) for a project to develop a zero liquid discharge plant in Saudi Arabia’s Neom has expired and has not been renewed, leading to the cancellation of the project, sources familiar with the scheme tell MEED.

A consortium of Neom subsidiary Enowa, Japan’s Itochu and France’s Veolia signed a JDA for the scheme in December 2022, approximately six months after they signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the renewable-energy powered advanced seawater reverse osmosis project in Oxagon, Neom’s industrial cluster.

The scope of the JDA covers the first phase of the project with a desalination plant that can produce 500,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) of desalinated water by 2030.