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Spanish infrastructure firm Acciona has won a $500m contract from the state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) for one of Saudi Arabia’s largest desalination plants. It will use reverse-osmosis technology to provide drinking water to 3 million people.The Al Khobar 2 desalination plant will have a daily capacity of 600,000 cubic metres, and is located on the kingdom’s east coast, 400km from Riyadh. It will be located near to Al Khobar 1, a 100,000 cubic metre project, yet to be completed, that was awarded to Acciona in 2018.
In 2019, Acciona won a 25-year $815m contract for the finance, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Shuqaiq3 desalination plant. Based in southwest of Saudi Arabia, the plant will have a daily capacity of 450,000 cubic metres and is due to be completed in 2021.
Acciona has previously built the Al Jubail RO4 seawater desalination plant for utility company Marafiq in the east of the country.