Ernst & Young Consulting was awarded a SR 7.8 million ($2 million) contract to provide human resources consulting services, while the local Law Firm of Yousef & Mohammed al-Jadaan with Clifford Chance was selected as legal adviser. The UK’s Halcrow was appointed as technical adviser.

A fifth contract was signed with Germany’s ILF Consulting Engineers to carry out a feasibility study into a 400,000-cubic-metre-a-day (cm/d) wastewater treatment plant in the capital which will be carried out on a build-own-operate basis. Tendering for the plant is expected to start next year.

The privatisation programme, which is starting in Riyadh, will be rolled out to Jeddah, Medina and Dammam in the coming months. The four cities have been selected as they account for 50 per cent of the kingdom’s water consumption.

Safage and Veolia Environnement, both of France, were awarded contracts to carry out audits of the water networks of Jeddah and Riyadh last year (MEED 26:8:05).