Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund-backed (PIF) Acwa Power said its Shuaibah Expansion 2 IWP Project in Makkah – on which commercial operations began ahead of schedule in May 2019 ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan – had set a new record for completion timing, becoming the world’s “fastest-implemented” water desalination plant.
Inaugurated by HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region, Shuaibah Expansion 2 IWP is one of the six water projects that were recently inaugurated in Makkah.
Acwa Power said in a statement that the "diligent work" of its teams and “constant support” from project off-taker, Saudi Water Partnership Company, ensured the before-time completion of the project.
Shuaibah Expansion 2 IWP is built to produce 250,000m3 of water per day, meeting the water needs of Saudi Arabia’s western region.
Acwa Power is also owner and operator of Shuaibah IWPP, which generates 900MW of power and 880,000m3 of water per day, and in 2009, completed the 150,000m3 Shuaibah Expansion IWP as well.
Commenting on the 21-month Shuaibah Expansion 2 IWP, chairman of Acwa Power, Mohammad Abunayyan, said: “We are proud that the plant was completed safely, which reflects our safety standards and corroborates the fact that our people and their safety always come first.
“Stemming from our continued commitment to meet the power and water desalination needs of Saudi Arabia, we are extremely proud to maximise local content reaching 100% of operations led by Saudi teams.
“This falls in line with our mission to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 as well as our constant support to the wise Saudi leadership who are devoted to the socio-economic and industrial prosperity of the kingdom and its people.”