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Acciona showcases Spanish water expertise at Saudi forum

RIYADH, June 13, 2022

Acciona, a major Spanish infrastructure group and a leading water contractor in Saudi Arabia, showcased its key sustainable infrastructure solutions at the Saudi-Spanish Investment forum held recently in Riyadh and reiterated its commitment to provide new sources of safe drinking water to boost the kingdom’s water security.
 
The forum, organized by the Saudi Ministry of Investment, discussed ways to share knowledge and contribute to the kingdom’s economic diversification plans.
 
Spain’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism María Reyes Maroto was at the event which was also attended by Saudi Minister of Investment, Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Falih, Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Bin Aqil Al Khatib and Minister of Commerce, Majid bin Abdullah Alkassabi. 
 
Acciona was represented at the forum by Jesús Sancho, Director General for the Middle East, Francisco Javier Nieto, KSA Country Director for Acciona Water solutions, and Julio de la Rosa, Business Development Director for Acciona Water solutions in the Middle East.  
 
During a panel discussion on 'Water Management and Infrastructure,' de la Rosa highlighted Acciona’s capabilities to advance the country’s Vision 2030 goal of creating a vibrant, more diversified and more sustainable economy and society.
 
Acciona has already delivered two desalination plants and is currently building four more plants in the KSA. These plants employ reverse osmosis, a more efficient and sustainable technology for extracting potable water from seawater, he stated. 
 
"Once all are completed, the plants will produce 2.36 billion liters of drinking water a day, enough to supply more than 8 million people, almost one-quarter of the population of the country," said de la Rosa. 
 
Acciona is also helping to reduce the carbon emissions associated with the energy for desalination by integrating solar energy at desalination plants, he added. 
 
The forum concluded on a successful note with Spanish water and utilities companies pledging to help the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 programmes and goals since both share the challenge of providing quality water to the population while working on an environment of limited natural resources to do so. 
 
A leader in regenerative solutions for a decarbonized economy, Acciona has a business presence in more than 60 countries and is involved in renewable energy, water treatment and management, eco-efficient transportation and mobility systems and resilient infrastructures. Acciona had netted recorded sales of €8.1 billion ($8.51 billion) in 2021.-TradeArabia News Service



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