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Saudi Arabia’s state owned power and water firm Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded contracts for two desalination plants that will take the total desalination capacity under development in the kingdom to 1.1mn cmd.
SWCC has awarded US firm Black & Veatch an engineering design consultancy contract for the Jeddah 4 desalination plant, which will “augment dramatically water supply in Saudi Arabia’s second largest city.” The company has also contracted Japan’s Itochu and Sasakura Engineering to expand the existing Shuaiba Phase 2 desalination plant.
The Jeddah 4 plant will have 400,000 cmd desalination capacity, and will incorporate reverse osmosis technology. Black & Veatch will be responsible for site and sea condition studies, conceptual process and engineering design and preparation of tender documents. The projects will be tendered on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, although SWCC has not announced a schedule.
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