KSA authority inks $896m water and power deals

Kingdom's Ministry of Water and Electricity commissions major projects

Jeddah has been hit by three floods in 15 months. Photo by Getty.
Jeddah has been hit by three floods in 15 months. Photo by Getty.

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Water and Electricity has signed contracts for water supply, sanitation and maintenance projects worth $896m.

The projects were ordered by King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to ensure essential services for the country’s urban expansion and growing population.

A report carried by the Saudi Gazette also stated that the Higher Commission for the Development of Riyadh, chaired by Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Emir of Riyadh, is constructing a 288km underground water network. The network is meant to handle high water levels in various districts, with work almost completed in the Al-Sahafa, Al-Falah, Al-Nafl, Al-Waha, Al-Ghadier, Al-Rabea, Al-Mgarzat and Badar districts.

Earlier this week, it was announced that officials in the Makkah province had upped their efforts in a bid to thwart future floods like the three that have swept through the Red Sea city of Jeddah over the past 15 months.

The Makkah Province and city of Jeddah was hit by severe flooding in late January, exceeding the 90mm recorded during flash flooding which claimed the lives of 122 people in November 2009. Some reports state that the cost of damages far exceeds the record 2009 floods. Heavy rain also caused major flooding in Jeddah in late December last year.

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