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Acciona wins $234m contract to build Saudi desal plant

RIYADH, July 18, 2018

Acciona Agua, a leader in providing sustainable solutions for infrastructure and renewable energy projects, said it has been awarded a €200 million ($234 million) contract by Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), a Saudi government corporation, to build a desalination plant in the Al Khobar region of the kingdom.

The facility is expected to be completed in two years and will have a capacity of 210,000 cu m per day, making it one of the largest in Saudi Arabia, said a statement from the Spanish group.

The plant will also supply water to Aramco, the world's largest oil company, it stated.

Acciona Agua has good experience in the water treatment business in Saudi Arabia. In 2012, the company was awarded the contract to design, build and commission the Al Jubail RO4 seawater desalination plant for Marafiq along with SBG-PCMC, which serves both the city and the industrial complex in the country's Eastern Province, on the Arabian Sea coast.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, plus a one-year warranty, is SWCC's first design-and-build project with a Spanish company.

On the contract win, Julio de la Rosa, the head of business development for Acciona Agua in the Middle East, said: "I think we were selected as the most favourable contractor by SWCC because of the highly efficient design, which enabled us to offer not only a very competitive price for EPC but to optimise the Opex and the specific power consumption, not to mention our proven track record worldwide and in the GCC."

According to him, this project will be the company's sixth seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Gulf.

"Working with SWCC is a major leap for Acciona Agua since SWCC is the largest desalination company in the world. In the future, we expect to offer our high-end solutions to SWCC and to other clients in the region," he added.

Jesús Sancho, the managing director for Middle East, said: "It is a great honour to work for the SWCC. This remarkable project for Acciona Agua in the Gulf is a strategic milestone for our company. It shows our technical capabilities as well as our competitive cost structure."

"Acciona Agua has a magnificent team with a solid record of delivering sustainable growth in the Gulf," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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