SWPC invites EOIs for Jubail 4 & 6 Independent Water Project

The desalination plant will be located 18km south of Jubail Industrial City and have a total capacity of 600,000cu/m of potable water per day

Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has invited expressions of interest (EOIs) from leading developers to finance, build, operate, and maintain a key seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination water project near Jubail Industrial City.

The desalination plant will be located 18km south of Jubail Industrial City, adjacent to existing plant units (Jubail Phase 1, Jubail Phase 2, Jubail 3A and 3B), in the Eastern Province. The Jubail 4 & 6 Independent Water Project (IWP) will include the desalination plant and all associated infrastructure and facilities, a statement from SWPC noted.

The plant will have a total capacity of 600,00cu/m potable water per day. The power supply to the project will be provided from Saudi Electricity Company’s high-voltage network, SWPC added.

In September 2022, Qatar’s Umm Al Houl desalination plant achieves one millions hours without accident and, in early November 2022, ACWA Power said it had achieved financial close on the $821mn Shuaibah 3 IWP project.

The firm also said that a competitive tender process will be conducted to choose a private developer or developer consortium that will provide financing, procurement, implementation, operation and maintenance services for the project.

The successful bidder – via a project company to be incorporated – will then be required to develop the plant and sell the entire capacity and output to SWPC under a 25-year concession pursuant to a Water Purchase Agreement.

9 January 2023 has been set as the deadline for submitting the bids, the utility developer stated. It added that leading professional advisors have been signed up for the key project – KPMG Professional Services is the lead advisor and financial advisor; Eversheds Sutherland (International) the legal advisor and WSP the technical advisor.

In late November 2022, Engie and HIWPT launched a desalination training program exclusively for Saudi women.

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