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KSA signs $242m Taif-Baha water project deals

Two contracts signed this week.

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Saudi Arabia is investing in its water infrastructure.
Saudi Arabia is investing in its water infrastructure.

 Contracts totalling SAR$1.06 billion for the construction of a freshwater pumping station and pipeline to transfer water between Taif and Baha were signed by Saudi officials this week.

The two contracts were signed in the presence of Baha Gov. Prince Mishari bin Saud and Water & Electricity Minister Abdullah Al-Hussayen.

The first, worth SAR892.5 million, was signed by representatives from Arabian Pipe Projects and India's Jaihind Projects to build a 217.4-km pipeline and a pumping station to supply 80,000m3 of water daily to the cities of Sudaira, Shaqsan, Ghazayel and Khedan.
The second contract worth SR170 million was signed with Group Five to supply the pipework for the massive project.

Speaking to reporters after the signing ceremony, Prince Mishari said there is no plan to establish a separate desalination plant for Baha. He said the existing plants in Shuaiba and Shaqeeq would meet water requirements of the province. "But when the two plants reach their limits we'll definitely establish one for Baha," he added.

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