Saudi Arabia

449 articles in Saudi Arabia

CHEAP WATER Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

  • A stunning bid opening in Riyadh at the beginning of this month looks set to reverse the 15-year long upward trend in the cost of desalination. An ACWA Power-led consortium offered...
  • Insiders suggest that ACWA’s low bid was based on lower operating costs rather than lower capital costs. With three more big plants...
  • The Gulf desal market is hotter than it has ever been. Over the past month, Kuwait has announced plans for two massive privately financed power and water projects with a combined capacity of 1,318,340m3/d). Oman has asked for expressions of interest from...
  • Meanwhile, the National Water Company in Saudi Arabia has invited local and international firms to take part in a market sounding exercise for its plan to open up the water distribution process to the private sector through regional operations contracts...

Rabigh 3 desal bids push the price of water to new lows Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

Bidders for the flagship Saudi PPP project have submitted offers that would see the plant offer some of the cheapest desalinated water in the world. How did they make it happen?

Cheap at twice the price Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

The pricing of the Rabigh 3 desalination plant vindicates the rush towards PPPs in the Saudi water sector, says Tom Scotney.

DESALTERS Vol 19, Issue 7 (July 2018)

  • Spanish desalter Acciona Agua has secured its first major contract with SWCC in Saudi Arabia, a 210,000m3/d desal project in Khobar. It could be the beginning of...
  • The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company has laid out its long-term water supply plans, and will have to...
  • The Gulf desalination boom is prevalent elsewhere, too: the Northern Emirates are looking for...
  • The remote Pacific island of Kiribati is preparing to launch tenders next year for a $58 million...

IMPOSTERS? Vol 19, Issue 7 (July 2018)

  • Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation signed an MoU for three desalination barges with a total capacity of 150,000m3/d this month with Stavanger-based Offshore Water Desalination...
  • Similarly, we have not got to the bottom of whether Clarion Water Technologies exists. The supposedly Shanghai-based company...

Saudi water PPP procurement process finds its famous five Vol 19, Issue 7 (July 2018)

As the bids come in for Saudi Arabia’s flagship privately financed desalination plant at Rabigh, an unprecedented level of involvement from domestic investors has emerged. Who are the Saudi investors defining the future of the country’s PPP market?

Elusive firm promises Saudi desal barges Vol 19, Issue 7 (July 2018)

If delivered, the project would be a ground-breaker for mobile desalination use.

Spanish desalination contractors make their mark in Saudi Arabia Vol 19, Issue 7 (July 2018)

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation has a well-established relationship with contractors in the Far East. As technical and financial pressures change, the centre of gravity for desal contracting is on the shift in the world’s largest market for desalination.

Strategies Vol 19, Issue 6 (June 2018)

  • Japanese trading house Marubeni is getting serious about water operations. Previously, the company has largely acted as a...
  • Spanish water operator and project developer Aqualia has set out its plans for growth in anticipation of the sale of a 49% stake in...

Volatility in the desal market Vol 19, Issue 6 (June 2018)

This month’s chart comes from the latest DesalData subscribers’ webinar.