ACCIONA breaks ground on Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant
The plant won the Utilities Project of the Year award at the Middle East Energy Awards, as it will supply around 2mn people with drinking water
ACCIONA, a water infrastructure development company, together with co-developers Marubeni Corporation, Almar Water Solutions through Abdul Latif Jameel CDC and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co, broke ground on the Shuqaiq-3 desalination plant.
IWP Shuqaiq-3 EPC stage is scheduled for completion in 2021 and will be one of Saudi Arabia's largest seawater desalination plants. The plant utilises reverse osmosis technology with a capacity to produce 450,000 cubic metres per day of drinking water.
With rising concerns about climate change, it has become increasingly important to ensure a sustainable and cost-effective potable water supply. Shuqaiq-3 embraces all these aspects, as it is an efficient and safe alternative to the thermal desalination technology. The project will supply drinking water to more than 1.8mn citizens, thus contributing to the economic and industrial development of the Kingdom.
Additionally, Shuqaiq-3 represents an important milestone both at the economic and at the social responsibility level, as it is one of the largest desalination plants in the world and it will create several thousand jobs from the start of construction until the end of the 25-year concession.
The Shuqaiq-3 desalination plant won the Utilities Project of the Year award at the Middle East Energy Awards 2019.