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.


LuLu launches its biggest culinary event ‘World Food’

Updated 26 February 2020

LuLu launches its biggest culinary event ‘World Food’

LuLu, the region’s largest hypermarket chain, has launched its annual food festival, “World Food,” across its stores in Saudi Arabia. The event, which runs from Feb. 26 to March 10, is “a celebration of flavors and culture, bringing together foodies, families and friends for a gastronomic experience of global cuisines from more than 25 countries.”

The festival features live cooking competitions, around 20 cooking demos by celebrity chefs and personalities, in-store product offers and a chance for customers to win 1,500 trolleys of food during the promotion period.

Participating chefs include: Chef El-Sherbini, a popular celebrity chef in the Arab world with a culinary journey of more than 45 years (Feb. 26 to 29); Chef Hisham Baeshen, a star in the Saudi food world with a following of 5 million on social media (Feb. 27 to 29); and Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, an Indian celebrity chef known for his entertaining style of cooking (March 5 to 7).

The cooking competition for local productive families will take place on Feb. 28 from 7 p.m. at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall. The cooks will be judged by at least four famous chefs, as they prepare the dishes and are cheered on by the audience.

Other themed competitions include: Bake Challenge, a search for the best-tasting and beautifully designed pastries; Cook with Mom, a cooking competition with the little ones; and a competition exclusively for men.

World Food 2020 is divided into many themes, such as “Akla Arabia,” featuring Arabic delights; Olives & Salads; Organic Fest; Pagkaing Pinoy for Filipino classics; desserts; barbecue treats; and much more targeting different nationalities and communities. 

Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, said: “We have been organizing our food festival for more than 10 years now, but this is our biggest celebration yet. This year, we have received extensive support from different embassies, trade promotion councils, various community organizations, hotel and tourism sector, celebrity chefs, and social media influencers. Our aim is to offer something unique and a more experiential and engaging shopping experience for our diverse shoppers.”