ACWA wins largest water desalination plant

The water purchase agreement was signed by Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, minister of environment, water and agriculture and chairman of Water and Electricity Company (WEC).
Updated 31 December 2018

ACWA wins largest water desalination plant

ACWA Power, a developer, owner and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, has won the largest independent water desalination plant, Rabigh 3 IWP — further expanding its desalination capacity in Saudi Arabia. The water purchase agreement was signed by Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, minister of environment, water and agriculture and chairman of Water and Electricity Company (WEC), as WEC will act as the off-taker of the project.

Amongst 55 expressions of interest and five bidders, ACWA Power submitted the lowest tariff at $0.53/m3 and was selected to develop the desalination plant alongside the Saudi Brothers Commercial Company (SBCC) in Rabigh.

Rabigh 3 IWP will utilize reverse osmosis (RO) technology to yield a capacity of 600,000 cubic meters a day. The innovative design of this plant ensures the highest efficiency, reliability and availability for any comparable plant in the world. The water output will cater to the water demand of Makkah and Jeddah. This will ensure consistent and reliable water supply to the citizens of the two cities, especially during peak periods of demand such as Ramadan and Hajj.

Chairman of ACWA Power Mohammed Abunayyan said: “We take extreme pride in securing another milestone in the Kingdom that contributes to the welfare of Saudi Arabia’s economy and its citizens. As a private company, we work continuously to guarantee the right investment is being injected in the Kingdom through private-public partnerships to achieve the ambitious goals of the Saudi Vision 2030. 

“Rabigh 3 IWP will deliver potable water at the lowest cost achieved to date for RO while consuming the least amount of power for each cubic meter of water produced and is consequently another important step in elevating living standards in the Kingdom. Rabigh 3 IWP will contribute to economic progress and increased employment opportunities, helping the Kingdom reach the highest levels of prosperity.”                                                                                                                          

Managing Director of ACWA Power Thamer Al-Sharhan said: “We are delighted to add another flagship project to our Kingdom’s portfolio, proving our consistent support to the Saudi economy and its people. The world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant validates the thesis that a local developer places the interests of the home country as its utmost priority, offering the lowest tariffs without compromising on reliability of water supply, all the while ensuring affordable clean water access to the citizens of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Jeddah. We take pride in setting the direction and being a strong driver of the progressive vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” 

The Rabigh 3 IWP is being procured under a 25-year build-own-operate (BOO) contract and will commence commercial operation on Dec. 31, 2021.


New YouTube competition to support aspiring comedians

Updated 05 July 2020

New YouTube competition to support aspiring comedians

Comedy Jameel, a competition to support and inspire comedians in Saudi Arabia and beyond, was launched by Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel, in collaboration with Al-Comedy Club. The competition is open to performers of all levels and will be broadcast live, hosted by the Saudi content maker Turki Almohsen, on Community Jameel’s YouTube channel on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. KSA time, from July 6.

The YouTube show will include entertainment and interactive segments, during which selected videos will be broadcast for public voting, and the previous week’s winners announced. Applicants to the competition may register and upload their videos at the Comedy Jameel competition website, before midnight KSA time each Friday. Selected videos will be shown during the YouTube show and the audience may vote for their favorite videos online. The top three videos chosen by the audience are announced live on the show and awarded cash prizes of SR5,000 ($1,300) for first place, SR3,000 for second, and SR2,000 for third. A monthly grand prize of SR25,000 will be awarded for that month’s top-rated video.

Hassan Jameel, president of Community Jameel, Saudi Arabia, said: “Comedy Jameel will uncover a wide variety of comedy talents, bring them into the public spotlight and provide further job opportunities.”

The YouTube show’s host — Almohsen — is a celebrated Saudi artist, whose unique comic content on social media has attracted over 1 million followers to his own YouTube channel.

Al-Comedy Club, which is collaborating on the Comedy Jameel competition, is the first comedy club in Saudi Arabia, opening in Jeddah in 2012. Supported by the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia, the club was established and is managed by Yaser Bakr.

A key objective of the competition is to support the emergence of comic talent in the Arab world, and to provide opportunities for performance and mentorship for aspiring comedians. Providing opportunities for young men and women to achieve their dreams and achieve sustainable livelihoods is core to the mission of Bab Rizq Jameel, the flagship livelihoods initiative of Community Jameel.

The competition is open to beginners and amateur comedians of all nationalities, aged 12 years and above. The videos must be new, in Arabic, and must not include any material related to religion or politics, taboos, negative behaviors, or offenses to any person or party. The videos should also be of high quality and should not exceed one minute.