The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has revealed that the Jubail 3A Water Desalination Project is advancing steadily and will be ready to launch commercial operations by the end of the year, reports Zawya. The Jubail 3A project will be the first and largest plant in the world to run on renewable energy.
In a statement released by SWPC, the firm said that Jubail 3A is worth a total of $650 million and is being constructed in the Eastern Province of the kingdom.
The project is being developed by a consortium led by Acwa Power in association with Gulf Investment Company (GIC) and Al Bawani Water and Power Company (AWP).
The consortium signed a 25 year water purchase agreement with SWPC and is responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintaining of the facility as well as associated potable water storage and electrical special plants.
The project includes a solar unit, which will produce 44MW power and tanks with a total capacity of 600,000 cubic meters.
The project is being built adjacent to the existing plant units (Jubail Phase 1, Jubail Phase 2 and Jubail RO plants), 18 km south of Jubail Industrial City, on the Arabian Gulf coast.
Khaled Alqureshi, the CEO of Saudi Water Partnerships Company, said that the facility is expected to begin commercial operations as per schedule by year-end.