Turning the taps on: 1.8m people in Saudi Arabia to benefit from clean water in US$ 600m investment

Almost two million extra people in Saudi Arabia will be guaranteed access to clean drinking water by the end of 2021 after Almar Water Solutions, part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, was awarded the contract to develop a large-scale desalination plant in Al-Shuqaiq.

Seven hundred jobs will be created by the US$ 600 million project on Saudi Arabia’s Red Coast, which will be completed under a 25-year build-own-operate scheme contract.  The large-scale plant will have a capacity of 450,000 cubic meters per day.  By the time the plant is operational, it will play a significant role in helping Saudi Arabia fulfil its Vision 2030 ambitions.

Fady M. Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel Company, was one of the signatories for a consortium comprising Marubeni Corporation, Abdul Latif Jameel Commercial Development Company, Acciona Agua, and Rawaafid Alhadarah Holding Company, at the water purchase agreement ceremony in Riyadh.

Mr Jameel said:  “Innovative energy-intensive water schemes are essential to meeting the rising demand of our region and the world’s growing population for water.

 “With decades of proven international expertise in this field, we are committed to providing the people of Saudi Arabia with sustainable and effective water solutions. We look forward to the completion of the project.”

Founded in 2016, Almar Water Solutions has developed one of the water industry’s most impressive team of experts.  Each member of the Almar Water Solutions team has more than 20 years’ global experience, bringing knowledge and best practice from around the world into the group’s technical capabilities and expertise for water infrastructure development, including design, financing and operation.

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