Work begins on Acciona, Marubeni's Shuqaiq-3 IWP in Saudi Arabia

Rawafid Alhadrah and Almar Water Solutions are also working on the project that will produce 450,000m3 of water per day

Acciona is leading the Shuqaiq-3 consortium.
Acciona is leading the Shuqaiq-3 consortium.

Construction work has started on Saudi Arabia’s Shuqaiq 3 independent water producer (IWP) desalination plant, which is being developed by Spain’s Acciona alongside Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, Rawafid Alhadrah Holding Company, and Abdul Latif Jameel Energy subsidiary Almar Water Solutions.

In a statement, Acciona said ground had broken on the project, touted as one of the largest desalination plants in the kingdom that will utilise reverse osmosis (RO) technology to produce 450,000m3 of drinking water per day.

Construction work on the IWP Shuqaiq-3 scheme is scheduled to complete in 2021, and the project is expected to serve 1.8 million citizens in the kingdom.

According to a statement on Abdul Latif Jameel’s website, Shuqaiq-3 will create 700 jobs from the construction stage through to the final commissioning of the plant, which is being built under a 25-year build-own-operate contract.

In May 2019, Acciona achieved the financial close on the project with the total value exceeding a $600m (SAR2.3bn).

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