SWPC issues RFQs to 35 companies for Jubail 4 & 6 IWPs

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

Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has issued requests for qualification (RFQs) to a total of 35 companies for the Jubail 4 & 6 Independent Water Project with a total capacity of 600,000cu/m per day.

In a statement, SWPC said the desalination plant will be located 18km south of Jubail Industrial City, as well as associated infrastructure and facilities. The scope of work includes the finance, development, operation, and maintenance of the key seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination water project in Jubail Industrial City, as well as associated infrastructure and facilities.

It will be adjacent to the existing plant units (Jubail Phase 1, Jubail Phase 2, Jubail 3A and 3B), all of which are located in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom.

According to SWPC, the application for pre-qualifications are open on an individual basis or as a consortium to all entities who have submitted an expression of interest, or any such entity that has not submitted an expression of interest and has obtained SWPC’s approval. It added that the deadline for submitting the RFQs has been set at 21 February 2023.

In late September 2022, Qatar’s Umm Al Houl desalination plant achieved one millions hours without accident.

Amongst the firms eyeing the project include Spanish infrastructure majors Acciona, Abengoa Agua; GS Inima; Lantania Aguas and Elecnor Group, French group Veolia, Italian group Fisia Italimpianti and Japan’s Marubeni Corporation in addition to Indian construction majors – Shapoorji Pallonji; VA Tech Wabag and Vishvaraj Environment and Chinese groups – China First Heavy Industries International and Hainan Litree Purifying Technology.

The main Saudi firms in the race are utility giant ACWA Power; Ajlan & Bros; Marafiq; Buhur for Investment; Fas Energy; Nesma; Aljomaih Energy and Water; Alsharif; Al Kawther Industries; Mowah and Saudi Pan Kingdom Company (SAPAC).

Other regional heavyweights who have expressed an interest in the project includes the Middle East unit of global energy major Engie – Kahrabel. UAE groups like UTICO and METITO, as well as the Kuwait-based Alghanim International General Trading and Contracting , as well as Egypt’s Orascom Construction, the statement concluded.

In early November 2022, ACWA Power said it had achieved the financial close for the $821mn Shuaibah 3 IWP project and, in mid December 2022, SWPC invited EOIs for Jubail 4 & 6 Independent Water Project.

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