Black & Veatch chosen for huge Saudi desal plant

US firm wins engineering and design consultancy contract for 400,000 m3/d Jeddah 4 project.

Mazen Alami, MD Middle East at Black & Veatch
Mazen Alami, MD Middle East at Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch has been chosen by the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) as engineering and design consultant for the Jeddah 4 desalination project, which will dramatically boost water supply in Saudi Arabia’s second largest city.

Jeddah 4 will enhance water resources for the city’s five million people by creating a 400,000 cubic metres per day (m3/d) reverse osmosis (RO) plant.

When completed, Jeddah 4 will be among the largest desalination plants in the Kingdom, already the world’s biggest producer of desalinated water.

The project will be tendered on an engineer, procure, construct (EPC) basis. Black & Veatch will be responsible for studies of site and adjacent sea conditions, conceptual process and engineering design, and preparation of tender documents.

In addition Black & Veatch will support SWCC during the tendering and award of the EPC contract.

“An augmented water supply is central to the prosperity and continued development of Jeddah,” said Mazen Alami, managing director, Middle East at Black & Veatch. "SWCC, through critical infrastructure projects such as Jeddah 4, has proved highly effective in addressing the kingdom’s water requirements.

“Black & Veatch is a recognised leader in the best practices and technologies shaping the water industry; our desalination expertise extends across the entire value chain. Our experience with large-scale desalination projects around the world will help the corporation serve the needs of Jeddah’s growing populace,” he added.

Black & Veatch has worked with SWCC since 1993, notably on the Shoaibah to Jeddah Water Transmission System.


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