The plant, which will be for the exclusive use of Jubail industrial city, is to have a capacity of 2,400 MW and 90 million gallons a day (g/d). It is the first large project proposed by Marafiq since it was set up last year. The company is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu and the Public Investment Fund. It has taken over control of all power and water utilities serving the two industrial cities.

The kingdom’s first IWPPs are expected to be tendered among consultants sooner, with three proposals for large plants now on the drawing board. The three, originally to have been included in the gas initiative, are now expected to be developed by the private sector in co-ordination with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)and the Saline Water Conversion Corporation. The first of these will be at Shuaiba, already the site of several hundred megawatts of installed SEC capacity. Plans to expand the existing power plant have been postponed until mid 2003 at the earliest, although tender documents are understood to have already been prepared. The Consultants on the project are the local Saudi Consulting Company (SaudConsult)and the UK’s PB Power.