His Excellency the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Water Partnership Company, Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen AlFadley, signed today, Thursday 30/4/2020, the project agreements for the Jubail plant, the third phase (A) for the independent water production that will be established in Jubail, Eastern Province, with a capacity Productivity of 600 thousand cubic meters of desalinated water daily, with the best bidder.
AlFadley explained that the signing of these agreements comes in implementation of the decisions of the Council of Ministers, and in order to achieve the goals and plans of the Ministry to put water production and wastewater treatment projects in front of investors in the various regions of the Kingdom, and it is an extension of the signing of previous projects with the participation of the private sector in developing this vital sector, and increasing its contribution to development.
Whereas, these projects that the environment, water and agriculture system is implementing with the participation of the private sector come to achieve the goals of the Kingdom's 2030 vision, as well as improving the quality of services and raising the efficiency of spending, by benefiting from the experiences of the private sector in the establishment, operation and management.
AlFadley pointed out that the signing of these agreements comes in implementation of the Council of Ministers' decisions, and in order to achieve the goals and plans of the environment, water and agriculture system to put water production and wastewater treatment projects in front of investors in different regions of the Kingdom, and it comes as an extension of the signing of previous projects, as this is the seventh agreement to be signed during The past two years, with the participation of the private sector in developing this vital sector, and increasing its contribution to development, as the environment, water and agriculture system works to implement these projects with the participation of the private sector in order to achieve the goals of the Kingdom's 2030 vision, as it aims to improve N the quality of services and raise the efficiency of spending, taking advantage of private sector expertise in construction, operation and management.
The CEO of the Saudi Water Partnership Company Eng. Khaled bin Zwaid Al-Qureshi indicated that the project, which was proposed to the investors in the system of building, ownership and operation (BOO), had been submitted to him by 55 interested companies, including 19 Saudi companies, and 10 applicants were qualified, and the alliance had been chosen. The preferred bidder after a competition that took place between 4 alliances, including 5 local companies and 4 international companies, adding that the winning alliance of the project consists of Water Power and International Energy Company "Aqua Power" - Gulf Investment Corporation - Al-Bawani Water and Energy Company, explaining that the project will be using technology " Reverse Osmosis "serves pain You will benefit in both the eastern region and the Riyadh and Qassim regions. Also, this strategic project will include solar energy units to reduce electricity consumption from the grid, in addition to water tanks with a production capacity of one operating day.
Al-Qureshi said that employment will start in the fourth quarter of 2022 AD, and that the agreement period will be 25 years, and it will contribute to achieving high levels of continuous production, reducing levels of electric energy consumption and operating costs, in addition to supporting local content by increasing the percentage of localization in business and human resources.
The agreements signed today at the Ministry’s headquarters in the office of His Excellency are considered within the partnerships between the public and private sectors that the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture intends to put before the investors, and the supervisory committee to allocate the environment, water and agriculture sector during the past months has completed the development of a strategy to allocate the sectors of the system in line with the objectives of " Vision 2030.
The CEO of the National Center for Privatization, a member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Water Partnership company, Eng. Rayan bin Mohammed Naqadi, pointed to the great effort to establish a system of partnership between the public and private sectors and the application of international best practices, noting that since the center set the standards, frameworks and legislation for the partnership between the public and private sectors Contracts for allocating a number of projects have been signed in several sectors, most of them in the environment, water and agriculture, and that the Kingdom is steadfastly moving towards implementing the Saudi Vision 2030, and we have confidence in reaching what we aspire by 2030 to diversify the national economy and generate More job opportunities and local content.
My critics concluded that the local content of this initiative amounts to 40% in the field of construction and 50% in human resources during the first five years and increases to 70% during the remaining years.
This initiative is an extension of the allocation and partnership processes between the public and private sectors in the environment, water and agriculture sectors whose agreements are signed, after the completion of the signing of several projects for the independent water production and wastewater treatment