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NWC begins huge water storage project in Riyadh

First phase of 4.6mn m3 capacity project to cost $479.8mn

Picture for illustrative purposes only.
Picture for illustrative purposes only.

The National Water Company (NWC) has revealed the first and largest phase of its 4.6mn m3 capacity project in Riyadh, which has a total cost of SR1.8bn ($479.8mn), has been implemented.

Currently the NWC, the biggest water supplier in Saudi Arabia, is completing the initial stages of the first phase of the project in western Riyadh which will provide 600,000m3 of storage capacity at a cost of SR250mn ($66.6mn).

The work will come on-line gradually, and is expected to reach maximum capacity by summer 2015, serving the west Riyadh neighborhoods of Laban, Aeryjae and Tuwaiq.

NWC has now finalised contracts for the remaining first-phase of the strategic water storage project, providing an additional 4mn m3 at a cost of approximately SR1.6bn ($426.4mn).

These projects are designed to answer any shortfall in the water supply caused by maintenance procedures, production problems or network failure, as part of NWC's secure supply strategy.

Work has already begun in four locations in Riyadh, and is scheduled to be completed in 18 months.

The second phase of the NWC's strategy to build a sustainable and secure water supply for Riyadh will entail developing further storage capacity of 6mn m3 at a cost of SR2.6bn ($693mn).

The strategic storage project includes the construction of main transmission lines with diameters of 300mm to 2,000mm, and the provision of operational water tanks with capacities of 5,000 and 50,000m3, costing more than SR3bn ($799mn).

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