AES Arabia wins $14m KAUST contract
Saudi water firm will work on SWRO plant project
Water and wastewater firm AES Arabia has been awarded a US $14 million contract to work on a dedicated SWRO plant for King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) Research Park, that can produce up to 2,752 GPM of freshwater.
The contactor on the project is China National Chemical Engineering Company (CNCEC), under the management of Saudi Aramco. AES says that is was awarded the contract through a competitive bidding process based on its previous track record, and particularly its long experience of projects with Saudi Aramco.
Under the contract, AES will be responsible for design, manufacture, construction, commission and start-up at the site.
Seawater for the facility will be taken from a deep open intake, and will be subject to extensive pre-treatment before being pumped to the desalination plant. Water will then be further treated to remove Boron and then re-mineralised to meet WHO water standards.
AES Arabia has previous experience working at KAUST, having completed an 8000 CMD MBR sewage treatment plant, and been involved in the construction of KAUST’s 52,000 CMD SWRO facility.