It will be one of the biggest in the country, with a capacity of 600,000 m³ per day to serve a population of three million
The Saudi publicly-owned company Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has assigned ACCIONA and its partner RTCC the construction of the Al Khobar 2 desalination plant at Khobar, on the east coast of Saudi Arabia approx 400 kilometers from Riyadh. It is a turnkey contract valued at approx $500 million.
The facility will be equipped with reverse osmosis technology (ROT) and a daily capacity of more than 600,000 m³, making it one of the largest in the country and the largest RO plant under the EPC scheme assigned in a single shot in KSA. It will provide a service to three million people in the area. ACCIONA thus consolidates its existence in the water treatment sector in Saudi Arabia, a country in which it currently has three projects underway.
Last year, a €750-million contract was assigned for the financing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance (for 25 years) of the Shuqaiq3 desalination plant. situated in the south-west of the country on the Red Sea coast, it is required to be completed sometime in 2021 and will have a treatment capacity of 450,000 m³ per day to provide a service to a population equivalent of two million. It will also be equipped with a photovoltaic (PV) plant to decrease internal energy consumption.
In July 2018, a contract was also awarded for approx €200 million to construct and commission the Al Khobar 1 desalination plant (capacity: 210,000 m³/day). It is situated close to the Al Khobar 2 plant and serves a population of 1,000,000.
The company has also designed and construct the Al Jubail RO4 seawater desalination plant in the east of the country for the utility Marafiq. With a capacity of 100,000 m³ per day, it serves both the city and the nearby industrial complex.