SWPC, Engie and partners break ground on $826m Saudi desalination plant

Staff Report,

6 Jan 2022

Al Rayyis Independent Water Project on Red Sea coast to provide 450,000m3 of potable water to Makkah and Madinah upon completion in 2023

SWPC, Engie and partners break ground on $826m Saudi desalination plant

Saudi Water Partnerships Company (SWPC) has announced the ground-breaking of Al Rayyis Independent Water Project on the Red Sea coast of the kingdom, in co-ordination with French energy major Engie and Saudi groups Nesma and Mowah.

The 450,000 cubic metre capacity desalination plant will be ready for commercial operations by Q4 2023. The project is being built at an investment of $826 million.

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.

On completion, the Reverse Osmosis plant will supply potable water to the cities of Makkah and Madinah.
As per the deal, the desalination plant will be operated and maintained by Engie in Saudi Arabia and the project will include solar energy units generating 20mW of power to reduce grid electricity consumption throughout the desalination process, as well as water storage tanks designed to maintain a capacity of two operational days, according to reports.

The Engie consortium will develop the project on a BOO (build, own and operate) model with a concession term of 25 years, with commercial operations expected to begin in the last quarter of 2023.

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