Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant receives the “Utilities Project of the Year” award


Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant, awarded last January by ACCIONA, has received the “Utilities Project of the Year” Award at the 2019 Middle East Energy Awards held in Dubai. The gala, which brought together companies and professionals from the Middle East energy and water industry, had awarded for first time renewable and alternative energy projects.

Shuqaiq 3, whose financial close took place last May, will be one of the largest reverse osmosis desalination plants in the world, with a production capacity of 450,000 cubic meters per day. The project is programmed for completion in the fourth quarter of 2021, and will be developed under a 25-year BOO (build, own, operate) contract scheme. Four companies form the Shuqaiq 3 consortium: Marubeni Corporation, Abdul Latif Jameel Commercial Development Company, ACCIONA and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co.

As several countries in the Middle East region are aligning with international protocols on climate change and carbon emission reduction, is an increasingly important priority to ensure a sustainable water and energy supply. 

That is why Shuqaiq 3 project is an effective and safe alternative to guarantee the supply of drinking water to more than 1.8 million citizens, contributing to the economic and industrial development of the country.

Jesús Sancho, ME Managing Director explains that “Shuqaiq 3 supposes an important milestone at an economic and at a social level as it will create 700 jobs from the start of construction until commissioning of the plant, in line with the 2030 Vision of Saudi Arabia and its objectives on increasing investment and employment opportunities". 

With 16 categories, compared to 10 in the 2018 edition, the Middle East Energy Awards reward both individual and company projects and initiatives that helps to innovate and change the energy sector in the Middle East region.


This is ACCIONA's third desalination plant in Saudi Arabia 

In 2018, ACCIONA won the contract to build the Al–Khobar 1 desalination plant, in Al-Khobar, on the country's east coast, about 400 kilometres from Riyadh. This turnkey project, with a one-year warranty, is valued at more than 200 million euros.

The facility will have a capacity of almost 210.000 cubic metres per day, to serve a population of 350,000. The plant will also supply water to Aramco, the world's largest oil company.

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