Spain’s Acciona wins Saudi desalination plant

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), a government corporation, has engaged Spain’s Acciona Agua to build the Al Khobar desalination plant in Khobar on the country’s east coast.

The EPC contract, plus a one-year warranty, is SWCC’s first design and build project with a Spanish company.

The facility is expected to be completed in two years and will have a capacity of 210,000 cubic metres per day, making it one of the largest in Saudi Arabia. The plant will also supply water to Aramco, the world’s largest oil company.

Acciona said it will be its sixth seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Gulf.

The company has experience in the water treatment business in Saudi Arabia since in 2012 it was awarded the contract to design, build and commission the Al Jubail RO4 seawater desalination plant for Marafiq along with SBG-PCMC, which serves both the city and the industrial complex in the country’s Eastern Province.

"Working with SWCC is a major leap for Acciona Agua since SWCC is the largest desalination company in the world," said Julio de la Rosa, head of business development for Acciona Agua in the Middle East. "In the future, we expect to offer our high-end solutions to SWCC and to other clients in the region."

Image: Signing the contract (Acciona Agua)

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