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Four companies submit bids for the Jubail 3B independent water project

  • Four companies submit bids for the Jubail 3B independent water project
    Credit: SWPC

On November 1st the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) received submissions from four bidding companies for the Jubail 3B independent water project (IWP), a reverse osmosis destination plant which will have a capacity of 570,000 cubic metres per day, informs Energy & Utilities.

Bids have been presented by the following companies/consortia:

  • Aqualia (Spain), HAACO (local), Alfanar (local)
  • Engie (France), Nesma (local), Alajlan (local)
  • Utico (UAE)
  • Veolia (France), Aljomaih (local), AlKifah (local)

The initial Request for Proposals for the Jubail 3B IWP was issued in January of this year, with May 17th as the deadline for submission. Due to restrictions to travel stemming from the pandemic, the deadline was subsequently extended several times.

Earlier this year, the SWPC appointed a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, as preferred bidder for the Jubail-3A IWP, a desalination facility with a capacity of 600,000 cubic metres per day. The appointment was done just one day after opening the bids. The ACWA Power consortium submitted the lowest levelised water tariff of SAR 1.54861 per cubic metre (USD 0.41 per cubic metre). Financial close was reached last September for the $650m Jubail 3A IWP, and the project is expected to be operational by December 2022.

Ten companies and consortia were initially pre-qualified to bid for the projects to build the new desalination plants in Jubail. Synergy Consulting, from India, was appointed as lead and financial adviser for the planned Jubail 3A and 3B projects, while DLA Piper, a UK law firm, was appointed as legal adviser and Atkins, also from the UK, was to be the technical adviser.

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