Kingdom set to dial back water reform timing

Published September 14th, 2017

Saudi Arabia is rowing back on the timing of the ambitious National Transformation Program (NTP) unveiled last year, which promised a fundamental reform of the water sector.

Documents leaked earlier this month revealed that the Saudi authorities were planning to extend deadlines on 2020 targets, in some cases to 2025 or 2030. The privatisation process that has been blossoming this year was part of the strategy outlined by the NTP, while authorities wanted private companies to go from producing 16% and 0% of desalinated water and treated wastewater to 52% and 20%, respectively.

Water-related targets for 2020 outlined in the NTP included:

No details of which deadlines will be moved will be officially confirmed until the redrafted NTP is published in October.