Saudi’s Water and Electricity Board has signed an agreement with a consortium led by the Power and Water Utility Company to build and operate a sewage treatment plant (STP) located at Jeddah Airport, in the western part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Construction of the STP is expected to start in the second quarter scheduled in two stages of development.
The Stage one will see the treatment of 300,000 cubic meters of water per day starting in late 2021, while Stage two will add another 200,000 cubic meters per day when the capacity exceeds the limited utilization.
WEC said the STP will be built, owned and operated entirely by the private sector, and the Saudi utility firm will compensate the project company for sewage treated over a 25-year concession period.
The sewage treatment plant is set to be the second plant in the kingdom that results in the production of beneficial sludge while the recycled water that will be sold to the National Water Company (NWC) for further use in agriculture and commercial applications.
NWC further intends to sell the recycled water to end users in the nearby area as the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) provides power to the new STP.
The Kingdom aims to enhance its standards whereby municipal waste is treated in an environmental friendly manner, odourless, with minimal sludge leaving the site and leading to recycling of water as per requirement.
The consortium generates a cost-effective solution with one of the lowest sewage tariffs ever recorded. Recycled water further frees up potable water for other applications.
The agreement marks the initiative to many other projects as part of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision.
A total of 66 companies had expressed interest in the project and 9 consortiums were qualified to bid for the project, of which 6 submitted final bids.
The consortium meets stringent Saudi Content with 50 percent operation of the plant scheduled within the kingdom during the first five years, increasing to 70 percent in six years and beyond, making it as a challenging target to be achieved with a commitment from top rated companies.