Saudi Arabia to establish three wastewater treatment plants

The Saudi Arabian government has announced plans to set up three wastewater treatment plants across the country with the help of three global consultant companies

A wastewater treatment plant-file picture only.
A wastewater treatment plant-file picture only.

The Saudi Arabian ministry of water, environment and agriculture has announced plans to set up wastewater treatment projects in the cities of Jeddah and Dammam besides the northern border region with the help of three global consultant companies.

These projects will be offered to private sector establishments for funding, execution and operations on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, reported Arab News, citing a senior government official. The official did not identify the consultants.

The cost for implementation of the projects’ networks, connections and wastewater transmission lines is expected to hit $586.6m (SAR2.2bn), revealed Mohammed Bin Ahmed Mukli, the undersecretary of the ministry and CEO of the National Water Company (NWC), the government-owned company established to provide water and wastewater treatment services in line with international practices.

The projects in the northern border will cover provinces such as Turaif and Arrar close to the borders with Jordan and Iraq respectively according to the NWC official. The length of the wastewater transmission pipelines will exceed 1,400km for the three projects combined.

The initial project will be a sewage treatment plant near Jeddah airport, which is slated to have a capacity of 500,000m3 per day, he added.

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