France’s Egis plays key role in SWPC’s AlShuqaiq desalination plant

By Salma C, Intern Reporter
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France-based Egis, an international group in the consulting and construction engineering services sector, has played a key role in the independent water project AlShuqaiq from the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), by providing site supervision and contract management services. 

Under the patronage of the Governor of the Jazan Province, Prince Muhammad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz and Mr. Abdulrahman AlFadley, Minister of Environment and Water officially inaugurated the project.

Egis was appointed by SWPC for the design review, site supervision, and contract management of the Al Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant which has a capacity of 450,000 cubic meters of freshwater daily and has a low power consumption of 3.5kWhr/ cubic meter.

The AlShuqaiq water project located on the Red Sea coast in the town of Shuqaiq, uses reverse osmosis (RO) facility for water purification from seawater, removing the salt and other effluent materials from the water molecules.

On the work completion, Ms. Laure Russier, Egis’s Middle East Director (Water, Ports, Energy, Environment and Major Structures) stated that, “We at Egis are proud to be part of such a sustainable and innovative project which is aligned to both ours and Saudi Vision 2030.”

The Middle East Director of Egis further added that, “With over 60 years of experience in the water sector, we are pleased to be part of this project, which will supply more than 1.8 million people with drinking water, addressing one of the key challenges of our planet, particularly in this region where water is a scarce resource due to the extreme dry conditions.”

Meanwhile, the Project Manager Mr. Mohammad Alsulymani commented that, “The project successfully completed in 9,281,729 safe man-hours with Zero LTI. It successfully dispatched water on October 10, 2021, earlier than expected, and was commercially operational by January 9.”

Al Shuqaiq 3 Desalination Plant has been recognized as one of the most complex and innovative plants of its kind and won the “Utilities Project of the Year” award at the Middle East Energy Awards 2019. It also became one of the major new infrastructure projects in the region.

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