Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) announced in a recent press release that it intends to launch the country’s largest package of water distribution projects ever, presenting 1,429 projects for tender.
The totality of new projects will be worth over SAR108 billion (US$29 billion).
The projects include 13 administrative regions comprising cities and governorates in all six sectors. The company specified 353 projects worth SAR38.96 billion for the Western Sector (Makkah); 240 projects worth SAR14.19 billion for the Central Region (Riyadh); and 215 projects worth SAR12.95 billion for the Northern Sector comprising Qassim, Hail, Jauf and the Northern Borders.
The company will also launch 328 projects worth more than SAR15.3 billion for the Southern Sector including Asir, Jazan, Najran and Al-Baha provinces; and 162 projects costing over SAR7.7 billion for the North-west Sector comprising Madinah and Tabuk regions. Additionally, the company plans to implement 117 projects worth SAR16.17 billion for the Eastern Sector (Eastern Province); and 14 projects worth more than SAR2.72 billion to support all sectors.
"The projects will contribute to the realisation of the National Water Strategy and Vision 2030’s objectives, diversify economy and boost overall development,” said Eng. Nemer M. Al-Shebl, NWC Acting CEO.
Al-Shebl added that these projects will greatly complement the sustainability of water and environmental services. The water and wastewater coverage will be immensely increased in all Saudi regions following the completion of these projects.
H.E. Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture and NWC Chairman Eng. Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen A. AlFadley headed a meeting with senior NWC executives to review the company's readiness to execute such major national projects.
The announcement is part of NWC's continued plans and programs for developing water and environmental infrastructure, expanding the coverage of water and wastewater networks and increasing sewage treatment plants' (STPs) capacity, in addition to extending water services coverage to all citizens and residents across the Kingdom regions.