Saudi minister forecasts $54bn water spending

10 December 2007
Saudi Arabia aims to spend a total of $54bn on expanding and operating the kingdom’s water network between 2008 and 2020, according to Deputy Water & Electricity Minister Loay al-Musallam.

“We plan to spend $37bn on capital projects and $17 billion on operating the network,” he said.
A further $40bn will be spent in the water desalination sector, said Al-Musallam.
The ministry is also studying a new water tariff structure.
“We are submitting a new tariff to the cabinet. It will take one-two years to do. It is very important to prepare the different stakeholders for the change,” al-Musallam told MEED’s Wastewater Treatment & Reuse 2007 conference.

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