SWPC issues RFP for new Jubail desalination plant

12 August 2019

Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has issued a request for proposals (RFPs) for the development of a reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia to the qualified bidders.

The 600,000-cu-m-per-day Jubail-3A independent water project (IWP) will be located 18 km south of Jubail Industrial City along the Arabian Gulf coast, adjacent to the existing plant units (Jubail Phase 1, Jubail Phase 2 and Jubail RO plants). Power supply to the project will be facilitated from the high voltage network.

Desalination plant

SWPC had initially invited expressions of interest for integrated water desalination and power plant of 1.17 million cu m per day of potable water capacity and 3,000 MW of power, together with associated infrastructure and facilities. However, the concept was revised and the company later split the project into two IWPs - Jubail-3A with a capacity of 600,000 cu m per day and Jubail-3B with a potable water capacity of 570,000 cu m per day.

Under a concession of 25 years, the selected developer will sell the entire capacity and output to SWPC under a water purchase agreement (WPA). SWPC’s obligations under the WPA will be supported by a credit support agreement from the government of Saudi Arabia.