Water Treatment Saudi Arabia’s Largest Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant to Soon be Underway

Source: Press release

A consortium including Abengoa, Sidem and SepcoIII have bagged a contract from Acwa Power to build a reverse osmosis desalination plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia. With a capacity of 600,000 m3/day, the plant is expected to be the largest in the country with reverse osmosis technology.

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Abengoa’s desalination plant in Barka, Oman.
Abengoa’s desalination plant in Barka, Oman.
(Source: Abengoa)

Seville/Spain – Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the infrastructures, energy and water sectors, in consortium with Sidem, of the Veolia group, and SepcoIII, has been selected by Acwa Power to construct a reverse osmosis desalination plant in Rabigh, located in the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, at 150 km north of Jeddah.

The project is part of the Saudi Government's program for the promotion of private participation in the country's water sector. The consortium will be responsible for the engineering, supply, construction and commissioning of a desalination plant with reverse osmosis technology for Acwa Power, which will promote, develop and own the project. The desalinated water will be supplied to the state company Water and Electricity Company (WEC).

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For Abengoa, the Rabigh plant, with a capacity of 600,000 m3/day, will be the largest desalination plant built to date and the largest in the country with reverse osmosis technology. The scope of the project includes the collection of seawater, pumping, pretreatment, reverse osmosis treatment with energy recovery system, post-treatment, effluent treatment system and discharge through outfall, as well as the associated electrical installations that comprise the construction of a 380/110 kV substation.

This desalination plant will ensure the supply of drinking water to the cities of Makkah Al-Mokarramah, Jeddah and Mastorah, which will provide this resource to approximately three million people.

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