ACCIONA Agua has been chosen to build what will become one of the largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia.
Situated in Al Khobar on the country's east coast, about 400 kilometres from Riyadh, the plant will produce 210,000 cubic metres of desalinated water per day once construction is complete in two years' time.
This Spanish firm said it signed an EPC contract, plus a one-year warranty, with government entity Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), worth around EUR 200mn ($232mn).
ACCIONA Agua has a track record in the water treatment business in Saudi Arabia, having been contracted in 2012 to build a desalination plant in Al Jubail, which serves both the city and the industrial complex on the Arabian Gulf coast.
"I think ACCIONA Agua was selected as the most favourable contractor by SWCC because of the highly efficient design, which enabled us to offer not only a very competitive price for EPC but to optimise the OPEX and power consumption, not to mention our proven track record worldwide and in the GCC,” said Julio de la Rosa, Head of Business Development for ACCIONA Agua in the Middle East.
“This Project will be our sixth seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Gulf. Working with SWCC is a major leap for ACCIONA Agua since SWCC is the largest desalination company in the world.
“In the future, we expect to offer our high-end solutions to SWCC and to other clients in the region."