The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has appointed the consortium comprising of Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, Kuwait’s Gulf Investment Corporation and Saudi Al Bawani Water & Power as preferred bidder for the Jubail-3A independent water project (IWP).
The project includes the development, design, financing, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the desalination facility with a potable water capacity of 600,000 m3/day.
The project will also include storage tanks of one day production as well as in-house solar power to reduce the power consumption from the network.
The desalination plant, which will be designed using Reverse Osmosis seawater desalination technology, will be built on the Persian Gulf coast, south of the Jubail Industrial City, next to existing plant units (Jubail Phase 1, Jubail Phase 2 and Jubail RO plants). It will provide water to the regions of Riyadh, Qassim and the eastern provinces of the Kingdom.
SWPC (formerly Water & Electricity Company) had initially, in 2018, invited expressions of interest for an integrated water desalination and power plant of 1,170,000 m3/day of potable water capacity and 3,000 MW of power. The concept was later revised and the company decided to divide it into two IWPs of 600,000 m3/day potable water capacity for Jubail-3A and 570,000 m3/day potable water capacity for Jubail-3B.