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Construction Starts For Saudi Arabia’s Jubail 3B Independent Water Project Powered By Solar

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CEO of Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) Khaled Z AlQureshi, ENGIE, Ajlan & Bros holding group, and Nesma Company Limited broke ground at the Jubail 3B Independent Water Projects (IWP) situated 65km north of the Dammam airport, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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The Jubail 3B plant, which was commissioned by SWPC, will generate 570,000 m3/day of potable water through reverse osmosis technology. Under a 25-year Water Purchase Agreement, the plant will give water supply to Riyadh (and Qassim) regions when it is commercially operational. After submitting a bid, the consortium led by ENGIE was awarded Jubail 3B in June 2021. The tariff for potable water to SWPC was SAR 1.591 per cubic meter.

The plant was developed under a public/private partnership (PPP) and will be financed and operated by ENGIE. The plant will have a capacity of 61MWp desalination facility. This will allow the Kingdom to maximize electricity consumption and decrease grid dependence. Jubail 3B’s solar energy use is directly related to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, net-zero and other objectives. These goals seek to decrease the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and promote clean energy.

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“As we look to increase the desalinated water supply across Saudi Arabia, we are delighted to see construction on the Jubail plant begin today. The provision of desalinated water is an essential strategy in our nation’s objective to ensure secure water supplies across the Kingdom while meeting the goals of Vision 2030. The Jubail 3B IWP plant will not only use reverse osmosis, a more energy-efficient process than traditional thermal desalination technologies but will also use renewable solar energy in place of traditional fossil fuels, helping to reduce its carbon footprint. Moreover, the plant will critically support the creation of local job opportunities, “added Khaled Z AlQureshi, CEO of SWPC.

Speaking also at the groundbreaking ceremony, Turki Al Shehri, CEO of ENGIE in Saudi Arabia, said, “The start of construction on the Jubail 3B IWP plant is yet another ENGIE Saudi Arabia milestone that works to support of the government’s transition to low carbon, energy-efficient solutions in line with Vision 2030. For 30-years, we have been at the forefront of developing independent power and water projects across the Gulf. This latest innovative desalination solution is further proof of our commitment to supporting regional governments and businesses in delivering sustainable utility solutions against a backdrop of rapid economic growth.”

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“With rapid demographic and economic growth taking place across the Kingdom, the Jubail 3B IWP plant will be essential to providing a secure and sustainable source of water to local populations. Jubail 3B Operation also aims to achieve 90% Saudization, helping to support job opportunities for Saudi nationals and local economic growth. We are delighted to be breaking ground on the plant today and look forward to becoming fully operational by early 2024,” added Philippe Lambert, CEO of Jubail 3B.

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