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“Utilities Project of the Year”

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ACCIONA is involved throughout the project structure: as an investor, sole EPC (turnkey) contractor, and leading and majority partner in operation and maintenance.

Located in the country's south west, on the shores of the Red Sea, Shuqaiq 3 -completed the construction on January 2022- is one of Saudi Arabia's biggest desalination plants, using inverse osmosis technology and with a capacity to process 450,000 cubic metres per day, to cater for a population of 2 million people. It also incorporates a solar photovoltaic facility to reduce its specific power consumption.

This is ACCIONA's third desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, enabling the company to provide water to the areas of Asir and Jizan covering a potential population of 2Mill inhabitants in this extremely dry region close to the border with Yemen.

This project, which offers one of the world's most competitive rates for desalinated water, is part of Saudi Arabia's plan to transform and modernise its water industry by renovating its fresh water production facilities, adapting them to modern international quality and efficiency standards.

As part of the project's social outreach measures, in the first few years the consortium will offer academic and practical training to residents of the area in order to nurture the development of water industry professionals in a region so in need of projects of this kind.

General Information

  • Location: Al Shuqaiq, Saudi Arabia
  • Client: Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC)
  • Capacity: 450,000 m3/d 
  • Procedure: Reverse Osmosis
  • Type of contract: BOO
  • Population: 2,000,000 inhabitants

7 year planning statement Shuqaiq 3


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