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Engie's Tractebel wins contracts to build eight Saudi water plants

Saline Water Conversion Corp's plants will be built in two phases over a 15-month period, according to the Engie subsidiary

Tractebel will build eight SWRO plants in Saudi Arabia [representational image].
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Tractebel will build eight SWRO plants in Saudi Arabia [representational image].

Belgium-headquartered engineering firm Tractebel has been awarded a contract to build eight sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) projects for Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corp.

The deal includes design review, project management, and construction supervision for the plants, three of which are on the kingdom’s southwest coast, and five on the northwest.

The project has two phases, Tractebel – an Engie subsidiary – added in a statement, with construction on all sites lasting 15 months. Warranty services will last an additional 12 months thereafter.

Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) work will be delivered by four local contractors, none of who were named in the release. The value of the contact was also undisclosed.

“As a fast-track project, the design review is well advanced with several meetings already held in Saudi Arabia,” the group said in its statement.

“The project is both challenging from a coordination point of view, but also due to the coastline of Saudi Arabia, covering hundreds of kilometres between sites.”

Tractebel said it will employ more than 120 people in across offices in Riyadh and Jeddah, as well on the eight sites.

Speaking on the win, Rob Higgo, general manager of Tractebel in Saudi Arabia and the project's director, said: “This is the key project for Tractebel both in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region, as it is the first large and fully dedicated SWRO desalinisation owner’s engineering mission of this scale undertaken by the company in the last 10 years or so.”

Water infrastructure projects are rapidly being constructed, expanded, and upgraded across the Middle East, as the region seeks to expand its critical utilities infrastructure to meet future demand expectations.

March 2019 saw Nasdaq-listed Energy Recovery Inc win contracts worth $8.8m (SAR33m) to supply pressure exchangers for multiple water desalination facilities in Saudi Arabia.

This followed a similar $4.9m (AED18m) contract win by Energy Recovery in February to supply PX Q300 exchanger units for clients in the UAE.

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