Acciona scores $525mn Qatar desalination deals
Spanish firm wins its fifth and sixth major water project in the Middle East.
Acciona Agua has won the contracts worth over $500mn to design, construct and later operate and maintain two major water desalination projects in Qatar.
The Spanish company will develop the 284,000 m3/d Facility-D, part of the desalination component of the 2,400MW and 590,000 m3/d Umm Al Noul IWPP being developed by Mitsubishi Corp.
Acciona Agua will pocket around $225mn, it said in a statement.
The second project is the 164,000 m3/d Ras Abu Fontas A3, the first major desalination plant in the country to use reverse osmosis technology.
Construction work on the plant, located at Al Wakra, 10 kilometers south of the capital Doha, will begin in the next few weeks.
Acciona will earn $300mn for the deal, including a 10-year operation and maintenance contract.
These are the fifth and sixth major contracts that Acciona Agua has been awarded in the Middle East, making it the Spanish company with the strongest presence in the water sector in the region.
Last year it won the contract to manage the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the Sohar desalination plant in Oman, with a daily capacity of 20,000 m3.
It was then awarded the O&M contracts for the Haddah & Arana wastewater treatment plants (500,000 m3/day) in Saudi Arabia followed by the contract for the design, construction and start-up of the desalination plant at Al Jubail (100,000 m3/day), also in Saudi Arabia.
Acciona will also undertake the design, construction, start-up and operation for seven years of the 137,000 m3/d extension to the Fujairah desalination plant in the UAE.
These facilities are now in the start-up phase and will be operational in the next few months.