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SqWEC begins commercial operation of water production units with capacity of 212,000 m3/day

Saudi Arabia: Monday, May 31 - 2010 @ 13:20

This accomplishment is in-line with the government’s objective of supplying the increasing demand for water in the southern region of the Kingdom as SqWEC will mainly supply the Jazan and Asir areas.

Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Company stated that another key objective has been delivered with the commencement of the commercial production phase of its water desalination units. This is a major step in meeting its overall target of completing all the contractual requirements on time and within the set budget. Shuqaiq is an IWPP built in accordance with the Saudi Presidency of Meteorology and Environment requirements and meets the World Bank and IFC environmental standards and the Kyoto Protocol. H.E. Dr. Alagi went on to say “The quantity of desalinated water produced will have a positive effect in meeting the high consumption of water during the summer season in the Jazan and Asir areas. In addition, this reconfirms the statement by H.E. Eng. Abdulah Al- Hossein, the Minster of Water and Electricity, that the problems facing the regions residents regarding to water shortages will be alleviated.”

Construction of the project commenced on May 31, 2007 with a timeline of 42 months to complete the project. In addition to the current production of 212,000 m3/day of desalinated water, the facility will also generate 850MWh of electricity by the end of the year. The overall project cost is SR7.2bn ($1.9bn) and includes 16 reverse osmosis units to desalinate water and three 280MW turbine and boiler units with flue gas desulfurization to generate power and an electrical substation connecting the plant to the Saudi Electric Company grid.

ACWA Power International, led by Chairman Mohammed A. Abunayyan, is the lead developer of the project. This is the fourth of its seven IWPP/IPP/IWSP projects in the Kingdom. Once all the projects are completed a total full production capacity of 2.3 million cubic meters per day and 6,200 MWh of electricity will be available. The seven projects are spread across the eastern, western and southern regions of the kingdom. Mohammed A. Abunayyan stated ” Shuqaiq company’s accomplishments in achieving commercial production of the water desalination plant within the contracted time limit is a strong indicator of the success of the government’s partnerships with the private sector (Public Private Partnership) under the umbrella of its Water and Power privatization program. I would like to express my admiration of the efforts put forth by the plant team and staff to deliver this level of continued accomplishment in reaching the commercial production stage.”

Eng. Abdul Aziz Al-Mahdi, the CEO of Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Company said; “We look forward to the project reaching full commercial production by the end of 2010 thus achieving its objectives of providing power and water to the public. This achievement will validate the success of public private partnerships in vital industries, creating job opportunities, opening new investment channels for local funds and attracting foreign investment.”

Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Company affirms that the full commercial production will be completed during the last quarter of 2010 which means the company will meet the deadline it contractually committed to when signing the contract for the project. Also, the Board of Directors holds regular meetings, the latest being on Monday, to monitor the projects progress.

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