Shuaibah III Expansion II desalination plant was inaugurated in Saudi Arabia


One million people have today drinking water in Saudi Arabia thanks to the Shuaibah III Expansion II desalination plant, inaugurated by Fisia Italimpianti. The work represents a sustainable solution for the production, distribution and access to safe and drinkable water from sea water, the core business of Fisia Italimpianti. The company, part of the Salini Group, world leader in the hydro sector, is committed to developing new technologies that pay more and more attention to the theme of eco-sustainability, focusing on a megatrend that globally sees the demand for water, destined to increase in the next decades.

The plant, the largest one with reverse osmosis technology ever made by Fisia Italimpianti, is located on the west coast of the country. It will supply drinking water to the cities of Mecca, Jeddah and Taif.
HRH Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud, the current Governor of Makkah Province in Saudi Arabia, and His Excellency Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhly, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture and Chairman of the Board of SWPC (Saudi Water Partnership Company), Final Client and Offtaker of the project, attended the inauguration of the plant, realized by Fisia Italimpianti with the partner Abengoa for the Client ACWAPower.

The plant, located in an area about 150 km south of Jeddah, is mainly composed of seawater intake, a reverse osmosis section for the production of drinking water and a special pipeline for the return of a concentrated brine stream. The plant will produce 250,000 m3/d (55 MIGD) and it will help to counteract the water scarcity’s global challenge. Fisia Italimpianti contributes to overcome it with the construction of desalination plants that serve overall more than 20 million people worldwide.