Feasibility study to be undertaken
Saudi Arabias Ministry of Municipal & Rural Affairs is planning to carry out feasibility studies on municipal waste concessions for several urban areas.
It may appoint an advisor directly or issue a tender to the market.
Most waste goes to landfill with low levels of recycling.
Dubai-based Averda is currently providing recycling facilities in five cities; Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Alihsaa and Tabuk.
This is seen as part of a broader move towards public private partnerships signalled in the 2016-2020 National Transformation Plan.
The National Water Company (NWC) awarded three urban water and wastewater networks operations & maintenance contracts in between 2008 and 2010.
Its work then stalled due to unclear division of responsibilities between the NWC and municipalities.
|Urban water management contracts in Saudi Arabia|
Suez Environment (France)
Saur Group (France), Al Zamil Group (local)
Waste concessions have begun to take off in the GCC in 2016. In Oman, Veolia and local Al-Ramooz National were awarded a municipal waste management contract for the Al-Dhahirah and Al-Buraimi governorates. In the UAE, Averda won a five-year municipal waste concession in Al-Ain.