An engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract has been awarded for the Shuaibah 3 independent water plant project in Saudi Arabia. The contract was awarded to Doosan Enerbility, the South Korean firm formerly known as Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction.
The contract features the construction of a desalination plant within the region of Shuaibah. The latter is approximately 110 kilometers south of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. The Shuaibah 3 independent water plant is projected to produce about 600,000 cubic meters of water in a day. The facility will be equipped with a 60 Megawatts solar power plant. The solar facility will contribute to the desalination plant’s electric power needs.
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The Shuaibah 3 independent water plant project in Saudi Arabia has a total project value of US$ 640M.
The project’s development is under a special purpose vehicle known as the Shuaibah Three Water Desalination Company. Its launch was by Acwa Power, and Water & Electricity Holding Company (Badeel). Acwa power is a Saudi utility developer while Badeel is owned by Saudi Arabia’s PIF sovereign wealth fund. Through a statement, Acwa Power revealed that the water purchase agreement for the project’s value is well about $800 million.
The Shuaibah 3 independent water plant will reportedly help in the switching from thermal to RO. This will consequently, reduce the power needed to desalinate seawater by an impressive 70%. By September this year, work on the project will commence. Thereafter, it is expected to be complete by May 2025. When complete and in official operations, the plant will supply potable water to an impressive, 2 million people.