Acciona Agua wins E200 million Al Kohbar desal contract

Acciona Agua has won a Euro 200 million ($232 million) contract to design and build Al Khobar desalination plant on Saudi Arabia’s east coast.

The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract is for 210,000 m3/d reverse osmosis (RO) capacity on the Gulf coast, 400 kilometres east of Riyadh. 

The plant will supply desalinated water to Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) for municipal use, and to oil giant Saudi Aramco. The project is scheduled to complete by end of 2020.

“Acciona Agua was selected as contractor by SWCC because of the highly efficient design, enabling us to offer a competitive price, to optimise operating costs, and to reduce specific power consumption. This project will be our sixth seawater RO project in the Gulf,” said head of business development for Acciona Agua in the Middle East, Julio de la Rosa.

The award is the first given by SWCC to a Spanish firm. In 2012, Marafiq awarded Acciona Agua a contract to design, build and commission Al Jubail seawater RO desalination plant.

Saudi’s Al-Fadhli gets the go-ahead for nine new desalination plants (January 2018)