Saudi Arabia’s Water & Electricity (WEC) has received expressions of interest (EOI) from 55 firms for the planned 600,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) Rabigh 3 independent water project (IWP).

SEC received the expressions of interest on 21 August. The reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant will have a capacity of up to 600,000 cubic metres a-day, expandable to 1.2 million cubic metres. The project will have a 25-year concession period, with WEC as the offtaker, supported by a payment guarantee from the government.

The companies which submitted expressions of interest are:

Company Company
Abengoa (Spain) Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd (China/local)
Acciona Agua Spain)/Abdul latif Jameel Commercial Development Company (Local) Metito (UAE)
Acwa Power (Local) Mitsui (Japn)
Advanced Triad Turbine Services (Local) Mowah (Local)
Advanced Water Technology (local) National Power And Water (NPW), (Local)
Al-Bawardi Group (Local) Abu Dhabi National Energy (Taqa), (UAE)
AlKawthar Industries (Local) Nesma Holding (Local) 
Aqualia (Spain)/ FCC Construction (Spain) Offshore Utilities (US) 
ASMA Advanced Solutions (Local) Orascom construction (Egypt) 
Bahr Rawafid Holding Company (Local) Sastec/China Railway Construction Group  
China Energy Engineering Corporation  Saudi Arabian Bechtel Company (Bechtel), (US)
Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios (Spain)/ Tecnicas de Desalinizacion de Auas (Tedagua), (Spain) Saudi Brothers Commercial Company (Local)
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (South Korea) Saudi Industrial Services (SISCO), (Local)
El-Seif Engineering Contracting Company (Local) Saudi Services For Electro Mechanic Works (Local)
Engie (France) Shapoorji Pallonji Group (SP Group), (India)
Ground Engineering Contractors (Local) Shib Al-Jazira contracting (Local)
GS Inima (Spain) SNC Lavalin Arabia (Canada, local)
Gulf Investment Corporation (Kuwait) Sojitz Corporation (Japan)
Haji Abdullah Alireza (Local)  Suez (SUEZ International), (France)
Harcan Engineering (China) Sumitomo Corporation (Japan)
Hune Specialized International (Local)  Taybat Almaarefah (Local)
Hydrochem Saudi (Hyflux), (Saudi Arabia/Singapore) Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain)
Ion Exchange (India) United Sema Company (Local)
Itochu Corporation (Japan) Utico/RMB Group (UAE)
JGC Corporation  (JGC), (Japan) VA Tech Wabag (India)
Malakoff International (Malaysia)  Valoriza (Spain)
Marubeni (Japan) Veolia (France)
MDC Holding Industry Company ( MDCI), (UAE)  

MEED reported in November last year that SWCC had invited consultants to submit proposals for the financial advisory role on the planned 600,000 cm/d Rabigh 3 IWP.

The lead adviser is the local Banque Saudi Fransi. The client has appointed Germany’s Fichtner Engineering and Consulting as the technical adviser, the UK’s DLA Piper as legal adviser and the UK’s Alderbrook as financial adviser.

The client had originally been planning to tender and award a standard engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to develop the plant. MEED reported in late 2015 that SWCC was planning to issue tender documents for the EPC deal by February 2016. However, as with the vast majority of the kingdom’s major upcoming utilities project, the plant will now be delivered through a public-private partnership (PPP) model as the kingdom seeks to reduce pressure on capital expenditure caused by lower oil revenues.

The Rabigh desalination facility will service the cities of Jeddah, Mecca, Taif and surrounding villages.

SWCC is increasing the role of private investment in the desalination sector as part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030. It is also preparing to privatise existing assets. SWCC forecasts it needs to increase the current desalination capacity of 5.1 million cm/d to 7.3 million cm/d by 2020 to meet growing demand.