Saudi Arabia launches six water projects worth $826m in Makkah

Carried out by SWCC, NWC, and SWPC, the projects will serve Umrah and Hajj pilgrims in Makkah

The water projects will serve Umrah and Hajj pilgrims in Makkah.
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The water projects will serve Umrah and Hajj pilgrims in Makkah.

Six water projects jointly developed by Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), National Water Company (NWC), and Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) – all valued at $826m (SAR3.1bn) – were inaugurated in Saudi Arabia by Governor of Makkah Province and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, to serve Umrah and Hajj pilgrims in Makkah.

The projects were launched under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

One of the projects, worth $233.3m (SAR875m), involved the construction of a desalinated water pipeline from the Shuaibah Water Desalination Plant to Makkah and the Holy Sites. 

The companies have also developed Phase 2 of the Shuaibah Water Desalination Plant, worth $33.2m (SAR1.2bn), which will have a production capacity of 250,000 m3 of water per day.

Additionally, other water service projects covering the establishment of water networks, household connections, strategic water reservoirs, sewage networks, and connections – all worth $160m (SAR600m) – were implemented in Makkah and the Holy Sites.

Disinfection works for the multi-impact Shuaibah Water Desalination Unit were also carried out at a cost of $124m (SAR465m).

Speaking at the project launch, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, said: “The ministry has ensured that all projects and water plans are based on the objectives of the National Water Strategy and the Comprehensive Water Plan in the kingdom."

Governor of Jeddah, HRH Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, and Deputy Governor of Makkah Province, HRH Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, attended the launch ceremony.

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