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Abengoa, Fisia Italiampianti's Shuaibah plant opens in Makkah

Spanish, Italian firms developed the RO plant that was launched in the presence of Makkah Governor HRH Prince Khalid

Abengoa built the Makkah plant.
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Abengoa built the Makkah plant.

Spanish firm Abengoa has opened its reverse osmosis desalinsation plant in the Shuaibah complex in Saudi Arabia’s Makkah region with Italy-headquartered partner Fisia Italiampianti – part of the Salini Impregilo Group.

Both firms were responsible for the engineering, supply, and construction of the project, in which the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) acted as an offtaker and Acwa Power worked as owner and operator.

Abengoa said the project is the largest desalination project built by the Spanish firm to date.

With a capacity of 250,000m3 per day, the plant has produced more than 20 million m3 of desalinated water since required tests were completed.

The opening ceremony was attended by HRH Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud, Governor of Makkah, and HE Abdurrahman Al-Fadli, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, and president of SWPC.

Abengoa's general director of business, Joaquín Fernández de Piérola, and its regional Middle East head, Antonio Moreno, were also in attendance.

Speaking on the plant, Piérola said: “The Shuaibah desalination plant has entered into commercial operation 21 months after the start of construction work, complying with the deadline committed by the construction consortium, which has meant a challenge for Abengoa, given the characteristics and size of this plant.”

Abengoa is involved with numerous large-scale utilities projects in the GCC. 

It is one of the one of the main technology providers and key subcontractors for the Noor Energy 1 solar plant in Dubai.

The Spanish group is building the project in partnership with Acwa Power, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Shanghai Electric Group Co.

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