Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has announced that good progress is being made on the Yanbu 4 Independent Water Project and is on track to launch commercial operations by Q4 of next year, reports Trade Arabia.
The project is being built 140 km west of Madinah, near the town of Ar Rayyis, on the Red Sea coast of the kingdom and once completed, will have 450,000 cubic meters per day capacity of freshwater for households in the cities of Makkah and Madinah.
The water project is worth a total of SR3.1 billion ($826 million) and is the first renewable integrated, seawater reverse osmosis project in Saudi Arabia that includes storage facilities for two operational days.
According to a statement released by SWPC, the facility will also include solar energy units generating 20 MW of power to reduce grid electricity consumption throughout the desalination process, as well as water storage tanks designed to maintain a capacity of two operational days.
Another key aspect of the plant is its tanks with a capacity of 900,000 cubic meters and a 42-km-long desalinated water transmission line to transport more than 600,000 cubic meters per day, said the statement.
Khaled Z AlQureshi, CEO of Saudi Water Partnership Company, visited the site this week and said that the facility seems all set to launch its commercial operations by Q4 next year.
SWPC had awarded the Yanbu water project to a consortium led by Engie (40%) along with its Saudi partners Nesma (30%) and Mowah (30%) after it submitted a successful bid with a tariff of SR1.7446 halalas per cubic meters of produced water.
Yanbu 4 is being developed under a build-own-operate contract with a concession period of 25 years. The Engie-led consortium will then sign a water purchase agreement with the Saudi government.