SWCC awards $120mn Shuaiba 2 desal contract
Saudi firm hands deal to consortium including Japan's Itochu and Sasakura.
Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded a $120mn contract for the expansion of Shuaiba 2 seawater desalination plant in Saudi Arabia to a joint venture including ACWA Holding and Japanese engineering firms Itochu Corporation and Sasakura.
The desalination project, with a daily production capacity of 91,200 metric tonnes, (24 million gallons per day (MIGD)), will use multi-effect distillation with thermal vapour compression (MED-TVC) technology, Itochu said in a statement.
The consortium, known as Arabian Company and Sasakura for Water & Power (APS), beat off competition from two other bidders to win the deal because it offered greater water volume generation and energy saving performance than its rivals, Itochu said.
Masahiro Okafuji, the president and chief executive of Itochu, said: "This is the next big order from Saudi Arabia following the one for the restoration of a seawater desalination plant received last September."
Shuaiba 2 power and water project was launched in 2003 with capacity to generate 500MW of power and 154 MIGD.