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NWC awards $178m Jeddah contracts

Vinci Construction and Al Muhaidib set to work on reservoir

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The two contracts are part of a major water infrastructure upgrade initiative in the Kingdom. (GETTY IMAGES)
The two contracts are part of a major water infrastructure upgrade initiative in the Kingdom. (GETTY IMAGES)

Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) has awarded two separate contracts – valued at a combined US $178m – to the UK’s Vinci Construction UK in a joint venture with Al Muhaidib Contracting Company.

The deal will see the firms work on the design and construction of the Briman Strategic Water Reservoir and the Al Khumra Lifting Station in Jeddah.

The water reservoir project is set to be a two year project that involves the construction of a 1.5 million cubic metre facility, together with a year of operation and management of the reservoir. The lifting station will be designed, procured and constructed over 12 months, together with a similar year-long operation and maintenance contract.

“The National Water Company has embarked on a robust programme to improve and develop the water and wastewater services in major cities in the Kingdom which includes Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca and Taif, with a total budget allocation of 20 Billion Saudi Riyals,” said NWC CEO Loay Al-Musallam.

“The company has succeeded in implementing a large number of strategic projects within this allocation including the creation of strategic reservoirs, transmission lines, constructing new pumping and lifting stations, household water and sewer services and the rehabilitation of existing pumping stations,” he adds.

Vinci Construction UK’s Saudi country manager Ajaz Shafi, commenting on the deal, said “With the construction industry buoyant in Saudi Arabia, we are able to work on many diverse projects requiring specialist skills and it is great to be working with the National Water Company where we can show our strength through our commitment, ideas and expertise.”
 

 

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