Spain-based ACCIONA wins contract to build & operate 3 sewage treatment plants in Saudi

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Spanish multinational conglomerate ACCIONA, along with its local partners Tawzea and Tamasuk, has been awarded the financing, construction, and 25-year operation of three major sewage treatment plants in Saudi Arabia.

These new contracts, worth a total of $1 billion, were awarded by the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), a state-owned company. As part of the deal, Madinah-3, Buraydah-2, and Tabuk-2 sewage treatment plants will be constructed and operated by the ACCIONA consortium, the company said.

These are the first BOOT/EPC (build, own, operate, and transfer/engineering, procurement, and construction) contracts that ACCIONA has signed in the area of wastewater treatment in the Middle East.

The Madinah-3 wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) will be built in Medina, Saudi Arabia’s fourth most populous city with over 1.1 million residents, and will treat urban wastewater at a capacity of 200,000 m3/day (expandable to 375,000 m3/day). ACCIONA will be in charge of the facility’s development, design, funding, construction, operation, and maintenance for the next 25 years.

The consortium will also construct 23 kilometers of irrigation-grade recycled water collectors, three storage tanks, and the necessary pumping stations.

The Buraydah-2 (150,000 m3/day) and Tabuk-2 (90,000 m3/day) sewage treatment plants are located in rural areas in the central and northern regions of the country, respectively, and will serve one million people.

According to the statement, “ACCIONA will develop, design, finance, construct and operate these two facilities for 25 years and will also build 34 kilometers of recycled water collectors for Buraydah-2 and another 28 kilometers of collectors for Tabuk-2.”

The company further added that each plant will contain a collection well and pumping station, as well as pretreatment, a biological reactor, a sludge line, and a recycled water pumping station.

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