Saudi Arabia receives bids for desalination projects

19 November 2018
Five groups submitted proposals to build nine satellite desalination plants

State desalination provider Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has received proposals from five groups for the contract to build nine satellite desalination plants.

MEED earlier reported that SWCC had invited groups to submit proposals by 13 November. The client had retendered the project, after it had initially received proposals from at least six bidders in July. The combined capacity of the satellite desalination plants is expected to be 240,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d).

The list of bidders and prices is:

  1. Advanced Water Technology (local) / Rawafid Holding (local) / SETE Energy (local) / Alfatah (local): SR1.5bn ($400m)
  2. Saudi Tumpane (local) / Abengoa (Spain): SR1.8bn official price with discount option of SR1.51bn if work done in 24 months instead of 15
  3. Alfanar Group (local) / Veolia Water Solutions (France): SR1.9bn
  4. Thabat Construction Company (local), Saudi Archirodon, Metito (UAE): SR1.93bn
  5. Saudi Services for Electro Mechanical Works (SSEM), Tecton Engineering & Construction (UAE): SR2.05bn official bid, with discount option of SR1.68bn (excluding VAT)

The satellite desalination programme is part of the kingdom’s efforts to increase capacity and meet the growing demand for water from residential and industrial users. The majority of the projects planned will be developed under various public-private partnership (PPP) models, with the Water & Electricity Company (WEC) as the client.

MEED recently reported that WEC was preparing to select the preferred bidder for the planned 600,000 cm/d Rabigh 3 independent water project (IWP).

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