The Saudi Water Partnerships Company (SWPC) has announced the ground-breaking of the $826m Al Rayyis Independent Water Project, which is being developed in collaboration with Engie and Saudi groups Nesma and Mowah.

The 450,000cu/m capacity desalination plant is expected to begin commercial operations in Q4 2023.

According to SWPC, the project is the first water pipeline in Saudi Arabia developed under the public-private-partnership (PPP) structure and will achieve one of the most competitive specific power consumption levels in the kingdom.