French multinational utility company, ENGIE has secured the ‘Utility Project of the Year’ at the Middle East Energy Awards 2021, for its independent water projects (IWP)-Jubail 3B and Ar Rayyis (Yanbu-4), located in Saudi Arabia.
The Middle East Energy Awards celebrate the energy projects, initiatives, individuals and companies that have changed the way we use energy in the Middle East. In addition, it recognizes the leading achievements within oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals and utilities in the region. The award is given to the most innovative project disrupting the region’s utilities landscape, which offers hope for a better, more sustainable future.
“This award is recognition that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains at the forefront of innovation in the global energy sector. With the support of ENGIE, we are demonstrating to the world our leadership in the renewable energy sector and climate action. Jubail 3B and Ar Rayyis (Yanbu-4) are success stories of how future utility projects can achieve our energy objectives while meeting vital net-zero carbon objectives.”
The Jubail 3B project was awarded by Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) as a Build, Own, Operate (BOO) contract under the public-private partnership (PPP) structure. Once commercially operational in 2024, the Jubail 3B IWP plant will produce 570,000 cubic meters per day of potable water through reverse osmosis technology to supply the cities of Riyadh and Qassim.
The plant will include an in-house renewable solar energy capacity of 61 megawatt to reduce electricity grid consumption throughout the desalination process and storage capacity for one operational day. The project seeks to achieve a 90 percent saudization rate all along the 25 years of operations and will create both direct and indirect jobs.
The Ar Rayyis (Yanbu-4) project was awarded by SWPC as a BOO contract and is expected to be operational in the last quarter of 2023. The Ar Rayyis IWP plant is the first renewable integrated seawater reverse osmosis project in Saudi Arabia that includes storage facilities for two operational days and is the first water pipeline in the country developed under the public-private-partnership (PPP) structure.
Set to achieve one of the most competitive power consumption levels in the Kingdom, the plant will have a capacity of 450,000 m3/day. Built at a cost of $830 million and set to contribute $400 million to GDP, the plant will create approximately 500 direct and indirect jobs opportunities during construction and operation.
Speaking on the reception of the award, Mr. Turki Alshehri, CEO of ENGIE Saudi Arabia, said, “At ENGIE, we are delighted to be recognized for our ongoing efforts to utilize innovative technologies for our independent water plants in the Kingdom. This milestone serves as a testament to our approach of supporting the Kingdom’s vision to reach Net Zero by 2060 through a Carbon Circular Economy approach.”