Bids Open for Saudi’s State Power Firm to Build, Operate Water Desalination Plant

Bids Open for Saudi’s State Power Firm to Build, Operate Water Desalination Plant
Construction continues on the Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, California January 8, 2014. The one billion dollar project is expected to produce 50 million gallons of drinking water a day for San Diego County. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) – RTX176U6

Saudi Arabia’s Water and Electricity Co.(WEC) invites expressions of interest in a project to develop a reverse osmosis desalination plant in Rabigh, Reuters reports.

The project, to be located about 150 km north of Jeddah, the kingdom’s second biggest city, will produce 600,000 to 1.2 mn cubic meters of potable water per day, the statement says. Power supply will be provided from the high voltage network. The deadline for parties to show their interest is August 21.

The mainly state-owned WEC is offering a-25-year concession to the winning developer or consortium to sell the plant’s output under a water purchase agreement (WPA) with the Saudi government.

WEC was established in 2003 to sell water and electricity to the kingdom’s state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation(SWCC) and state-controlled Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).

Banque Saudi Fransi is financial adviser, DLA Piper Middle East is legal adviser and Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG is technical adviser for the project.

Menna A. Farouk 368 Posts

Menna A. Farouk is a Cairo-based reporter. She has contributed to several international news organizations, including Deutsche Welle, Al-Monitor and Global Voices.


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