Saudi Arabia

Now operational: World’s largest reverse osmosis water desalination facility – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power is the lead developer and operator of the project and a 40% shareholder, with the remaining 60% contributed by the government of Abu Dhabi through Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and Mubadala Development Company PJSC.

Emirates Water & Electricity Company, a fully owned entity of the Government of Abu Dhabi and the water and power supplier of the region is the sole off-taker of the project under a 30-year contract.


Saudi Arabia continues its quest for building a better Yemen

Saudi Arabia supports the efforts being made by chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council, and the other members of the council, for the political and economic advancement of Yemen. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Yemen are very strong.

Saudi support for the country continues in all fields, including politics, relief, development and economics.

The Kingdom was — and still is — Yemen’s largest supporter, and offers various benefits through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, also known as KSrelief, and the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program of Yemen.

The Yemeni government’s announcement of the Kingdom’s approval of support for a package of development projects worth $400 million, in addition to $200 million to provide oil derivatives to government power stations in liberated governorates, confirms Saudi Arabia’s continuing generous support for its brothers in Yemen.


Neom to tackle water scarcity with desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

A desalination plant powered by 100 per cent renewable energy is being worked out for the masterplanned Neom greenfield site.

Located in the Oxagon, its aim is to create a sustainable, abundant water supply for residential, industrial, and commercial use.

Enowa, the energy, water, and hydrogen subsidiary of Neom. signed a MoU with Japanese trading company, Itochu, and Veolia.


Renewables desalination for Neom City – Saudi Arabia

Neom City is a futuristic city that the Saudi Arabian government plans to build in the country’s Tabuk region.

The $500 billion development will include a range of smart technologies and will serve as a “living laboratory and hub for innovation,” according to its planners. It will also be exclusively powered by renewable energy.

According to a new study by KAUST, renewables-powered desalination will play a key role in the city.

It will be critical to ensuring sustainable supplies of water through demand-side management (DSM).


Saudi utility issues RFPs for Rabigh-4 water project – Saudi Arabia

SWPC has announced that request for proposals (RFP) has been issued to all prequalified bidders to participate in a competitive tender for the Rabigh-4 (IWP).

A total of 39 utility project developer consortiums, including 21 local firms, had expressed their interests in developing the key RO seawater desalination plant, which on completion, will boast a potable water capacity of 600,000 cu m/day.

The project, to be located in Rabigh, 180 km northwest of Makkah, on the Red Sea coast in the kingdom’s western province, will include the desalination plant and all associated infrastructure and facilities.


NEOM to build renewable-powered desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s futuristic planned city NEOM plans to build a water desalination plant powered by renewable energy.

NEOM signed a MOU yesterday with the Japanese trading company Itochu and the French energy company Veolia to build a desalination facility powered completely from renewable energy.

NEOM plans for the facility to produce 500,000 cubic meters a day of water by early 2024, according to a press release.


ACCIONA starts operation and maintenance of Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant in Saudi Arabia

ACCIONA has started the operation and maintenance of SWPC Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant, one of the largest in Saudi Arabia serving two million people.

The O&M contract has been awarded for 25 years. The IWP uses SWRO technology, which is more energy efficient than conventional thermal desalination.

Shuqaiq 3 is a key project in the modernization of the water sector that is being carried out by the SWPC.


Construction begins on Jubail 3B Independent Water Project (IWP) plant by Acciona – Saudi Arabia

Together with its partner SEPCO III, ACCIONA has started the construction of the Jubail 3B IWP.

Its capacity of 570,000 cubic meter per day will supply 2 million people in the cities of Riyadh and Qassim once commercially operational in 2024.

ACCIONA and its partner are the main EPC contractors in the project, which will be developed and financed by a consortium consisting of ENGIE, NESMA and AJLAN for the publicly-owned SWPC. 


Water companies bet on hydrogen to beat climate change – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi water sector is moving towards increasing its hydrogen production as companies try to find creative ways to tackle climate change.

“We are the main producers of water, which is the main source of hydrogen,” said Carlos Cosin.

Cosin made these remarks during an interview with Arab News at a conference for the desalination sector in Jeddah last month.


Saudi Arabia launches $666m water projects in Tabuk region – KSA

Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of 26 water, environmental and agricultural projects in the Tabuk region of the kingdom at a total cost of more than $667 million.

These projects, which include four desalination projects worth SR1 billion, and 5 projects for water transmission systems valued at SR1 billion.

In addition the governor also opened seven projects for developing water resources at a cost of SR100 million.