Black & Veatch to design huge Jeddah desal plant

Jeddah 4 project will improve water supplies in Saudi's second-largest city

Black & Veatch Middle East managing director Mazen Alami
Black & Veatch Middle East managing director Mazen Alami

Black & Veatch has been chosen by Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) as engineering and design consultant for the Jeddah 4 project. This desalination plant will be one of the Kingdom's biggest, with a capacity of 600 megalitres per day.

The reverse osmosis plant is aimed at significantly boosting water supplies in Jeddah - Saudi Arabia's second-biggest city with a population of five million people.

“An augmented water supply is central to the prosperity and continued development of Jeddah," said Black & Veatch's Middle East managing director, Mazen Alami. "SWCC, through critical infrastructure projects such as Jeddah 4, has proved highly effective in addressing the kingdom’s water requirements.

“Our experience with large-scale desalination projects around the world will help the corporation serve the needs of Jeddah’s growing populace,” he added.

US-headquartered Black & Veatch will be responsible for carrying out studies into the site and adjacent sea conditions, as well as carrying out designs and preparing tender documents for contractors.

The contract to build the plant will be issued on an engineer, procure, construct (EPC) basis, and Black & Veatch will advise SWCC during the tender process.


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