Saudi Arabia’s Water & Electricity Company (WEC) has invited qualified companies and consortia to submit expressions of interest (EOI) for the potential development of Independent Water Projects to be designed using Reverse Osmosis seawater desalination technology.
The desalination plants will be located 18 km south of Jubail Industrial City at the Arabian Gulf Coast, adjacent to the existing plant units (Jubail Phase 1, Jubail Phase 2 and Jubail RO plants), in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and power supply will be facilitated from the high voltage network.
The company had initially, in 2018, invited submission for an integrated water desalination and power plant of 1,170,000 m3/day net of potable water capacity and 3,000 MW of power, together with associated infrastructure and facilities. However, WEC rectified and decided to make it two IWPs of 600,000 m3/day potable water capacity for Jubail-3 (A) and 570,000 m3/day potable water capacity for Jubail-3 (B) to be potentially tendered separately.
A competitive process will take place to select a bidder for the development, financing, procurement, implementation, operation and maintenance of the two desalination plants of 600,000 m3/day potable water capacity for Jubail-3 (A) and 570,000 m3/day potable water capacity for Jubail-3 (B), together with associated infrastructure and facilities, in a potential separate tendering process.
Under a concession of 25 years, the project company to be incorporated to develop the Jubail project will sell the entire capacity and output to WEC under a Water Purchase Agreement.
WEC is advised by Synergy Consulting IFA Inc (Lead and Financial Adviser), DLA Piper Middle East LLP (Legal Adviser) and Atkins (Technical Adviser).
Last date to submit EOI is on 09 June 2019.