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Saudi Arabia National Water Company launches private sector long-term wastewater investment opportunities

Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) has launched the first phase in a series of private sector long-term investment opportunities for the development and operation of sewage treatment plants in the Kingdom.

The first phase covers daily treatment capacity of 2.5 million m3/day –  equal to 50% of the total plant daily capacity in Saudi Arabia​.

The NWC is looking for private sector participation in the construction of 114 sewage treatment plants with total daily capacity of 5.1 million m3/day as part of the implementation of the National Water Strategy 2030 objectives for the water sector.

The company said that it intends to launch the first phase by procuring contracts covering 15 sewage treatment plants with a total daily capacity of 2.5 million m3/day – equal to 50% of the total treatment capacity in the Kingdom.

The NWC has issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for five long-term operation and maintenance contracts covering the 15 plants.

The contracts cover the development of the following plants:

  • four plants in Manfuhah, Riyadh, with a total capacity of 900,000 m3/day;
  • two plants in Hada and Aranah, Makkah region, with a total treatment capacity of 500,000 m3/day; Airport phase-one and Al-Khumrah plants in Jeddah Governorate with a total treatment capacity of 830,000 m3/day;
  • two plants in Wadi Al-Arj, Taif Governorate, with a total treatment capacity of 167,000 m3/day;
  • and plants in Arar, Turaif and Sakaka, Northern Borders and Al-Jouf Regions, with a total treatment capacity of 108,000 m3/day.

The company added that it would send out the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the first contract in 2020 Q3. The other four contracts will be procured subsequently. In addition to operations and maintenance, the scope of the five contracts will cover rehabilitation, operational improvements and capacity increases for the sewage treatment plants.

The contracts will also focus on development of sludge treatment in line with the environmental best practices, as well as producing high quality treated sewage effluent (TSE) compliant with environmental regulations.

Only pre-qualified companies and consortia will be permitted to participate in a series of tenders to award Long-term Operation and Maintenance Contracts for Sewage Treatment Plants (LTOM) in wastewater services.

Deadline for submissions is 9th August 2020  (before 3:00pm) – click here for more information

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