Utilities Middle East – August 2019

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Saudi’s Shuaibah

desalination plant





bengoa, the international company
that applies innovative technol-
ogy solutions for sustainability in
the infrastructures, energy and water sec-
tors, has inaugurated together with its part-
ner Fisia Italiampianti a reverse osmosis
desalination plant in the Shuaibah complex,
in Saudi Arabia. The Project is the largest
desalination plant built by Abengoa to date,
with a capacity of 250,000 m3/day. In addi-
tion, the Project has already produced 20
million cubic meters of desalinated water

since the successful completion of the tests
required for the Project.
Abengoa and Fisia Italiampianti were
responsible for the engineering, procure-
ment and construction (EPC) of the Project.
Saudi Water Partnership Company (“SWPC”)
are acting as the off taker for the project, while
ACWA Power is the owner and operator of the
In the presence of the Governor of Makkah
Province, HRH Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud
and of His Excellency Abdurrahman Al-Fadli,

Minister of Environment, Water and Agricul-
ture and Chairman of SWPC, the inauguration
ceremony was attended on behalf of Abengoa
by the CEO of the company, Joaquín Fernández
de Piérola, and the head of Middle East, Antonio
As pointed out by the CEO of Abengoa, “The
desalination plant of Shuaibah has entered into
commercial operation 21 months after the start
of the construction works, meeting the dead-
line committed by the construction consor-


Oman Power and Water Procurement Co
(OPWP), the sultanate’s sole procurer of elec-
tricity and water, has invited proposals for
developing two solar projects with a com-
bined capacity of around 1.1GW.
In a bid to diversify the energy sources and to
reduce dependence on natural gas for the pro-
duction of electricity, the sultanate has decided to
focus on solar power generation.
In a statement posted on its website OPWP said,
‘In line with Oman’s vision to diversify fuel sources
through the use of clean energy for power gen-
eration and following the procurement of Ibri II
solar PV, OPWP is planning to develop the second
phase of the solar programme known as Manah
Solar I IPP and Manah Solar II IPP with each
having a capacity generation between 500MW to

OPWP to develop Manah Solar I IPP and Manah Solar II IPP

The reverse osmosis desalination plant has

a water supply capacity of 250,000 m^3 /

day and is located in the Makkah region


he Moroccan Agency for Sustainable
Energy (Masen) has just launched a call
for pre-qualifi cation (RfQ) for the second
plant of the Noor Midelt solar thermal and
photovoltaic complex (Noor Midelt II), as
part of the development of the solar com-
plex Noor Midelt.
This call, which also comes after the auction of
the Noor Midelt I concentrating solar power plant, is
the fi rst step in the selection process of the private
partner in charge of design, fi nancing, construction,
operation and maintenance of a concentrated solar
energy plant with storage, explains the agency.
Masen also states that Noor Midelt II will bring
together all the solar technologies with mature
storage., in particular Photovoltaics (PV) and Con-
centrated Solar Power (CSP).

Noor Midelt II CSP

Moroccos’ Noor Midelt II call for
pre-qualification launched
Both the projects will be located at Manah,
which is around 150km south west from Muscat.
Each project will be developed as a private sector
project by appropriately qualifi ed developers.
OPWP is announcing the launch of the qualifi -
cation process for the developers through the
request for qualifi cation (RfQ ), the statement


Tender for 1.1GW Oman solar IPP


14 Utilities Middle East / August 2019 http://www.utilities-me.com

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