Design, build, operation and maintenance for a period of 25 years.
ACCIONA will be involved throughout the project structure: as an investor, sole EPC (turnkey) contractor, and leading and majority partner in operation and maintenance.
Located in the country's south west, on the shores of the Red Sea, and scheduled for completion in 2021, Shuqaiq 3 will be one of Saudi Arabia's biggest desalination plants, using inverse osmosis technology and with a capacity to process 450,000 cubic metres per day, to cater for a population of 2 million people. It will also incorporate a solar photovoltaic facility to reduce its specific power consumption.
As part of the project's social outreach measures, in the first few years the consortium will offer academic and practical training to residents of the area in order to nurture the development of water industry professionals in a region so in need of projects of this kind.
This project, which offers one of the world's most competitive rates for desalinated water, is part of Saudi Arabia's plan to transform and modernise its water industry by renovating its fresh water production facilities, adapting them to modern international quality and efficiency standards.
This is ACCIONA's third desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, enabling the company to provide some 3 million people with water.