Spanish infrastructure major Acciona has announced that it has handed over the Shuqaiq 3 Independent Water Project to Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) after completing the construction work.
Acciona is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for Shuqaiq 3 IWP desalination plant, which will produce 450,000 cu m of potable water per day.
The project also includes the EPC of a large electrical special facility to feed the plant with power and some other additional installations from the existing power plants in the vicinity.
According to Acciona, the seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant is now working at full capacity. It will provide water to the areas of Asir and Jizan covering a potential population of 2 million inhabitants in this extremely dry region close to the border with Yemen.
Middle East EPC Director (Water Division) Mazen Bachir said: "This milestone is the result of exceptional collaborative teamwork between the owner, the client, the owner’s engineer and the project team."
The plant, of high-energy efficiency, is a key project in the modernization of the water sector that is currently being carried out by SWPC.
Javier Nieto, PPP Director, Acciona Water Business, said: "We have completed this project to schedule, in challenging circumstances, and to contribute to supplying drinking water in the country in a sustainable and innovative way."
Julio de la Rosa, Acciona Middle East Director (Water Business) said: "We are very proud to contribute with the measures implemented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to rationalize water consumption as part of its Vision 2030 program with the aim of reducing consumption up to 43% by the end of the decade. Thanks to the reverse osmosis technology, this project will help also to reduce the CO2 footprint."
Saudi Arabia, a country with a population of around 33.4 million, is the third biggest consumer of water per capita in the world, after the US and Canada.-TradeArabia News Service