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Poyry extends Saudi desal contract

SWCC awards Finnish company two-year extension to owner's engineer services for Ras Al Khair plant.

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The Saline Water Conversion Company (SWCC) has awarded Poyry with a two year extension to the owner's engineer services assignment for the Ras Al Khair power & desalination plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The project started in November 2010 and is scheduled to achieve full power and water production by the end of 2015.

Poyry will then continue to support SWCC to finalise the project until the preliminary acceptance by the client in May 2016 and subsequently to act as warranty engineer for the owner until May 2017.

The scope includes the design review, project management and site supervision on behalf of the client.

Poyry currently has over 60 employees on site supporting the construction and commissioning of the plant.

The Ras Al Khair plant is a landmark project for SWCC. It is the largest of its kind in the world - a combined power and desalination plant converting more than 1 billion litres of seawater into potable water each day.

Along with a new water transportation pipeline, it transforms the picture for potable water in Riyadh, one of the world's fastest-growing and most water-stressed cities. The Ras Al Khair plant also produces 2,400 MWe of electricity for the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

"Poyry has a long-standing relationship with SWCC going back some 30 years. As one of the world's leading power engineering companies, Poyry is proud to support our clients to succeed with important projects such as Ras Al Khair," says Floris van Straaten, Poyry's Regional Director in the Middle East for Thermal Power.

The value of the order is not disclosed.

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