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.


Foreo’s beauty masks draw on the power of Manuka honey

The masks can be paired with Foreo’s UFO for a revitalizing facial treatment.
Updated 05 August 2020

Foreo’s beauty masks draw on the power of Manuka honey

Swedish beauty company Foreo has launched a new range of face masks containing natural nutrients, Farm to Face. The masks include ingredients such as Bulgarian rose, green tea, coconut oil, acai berry and the star of the show, Manuka honey.
The ultimate superfood, Manuka honey has been celebrated for centuries for its benefits when it comes to health and beauty. Produced by the bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, native to New Zealand, Manuka honey is widely known for being one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. Plus, it is also pretty tasty!
Foreo’s Manuka honey mask contains a nutrient-rich formula that softens skin and enhances elasticity for a radiant and soft complexion. “To gain the full benefits from the specially formulated mask, pair your Manuka honey treat with Foreo’s UFO for a revitalizing facial treatment that will leave your skin supple and younger looking,” the company said.
“Taking only 90 seconds from start to finish, the quick but effective treatment means that you can skip the spa and have an insta-worthy treatment in the comfort of your own home. Using LED lights and hyperinfusion technology, the UFO ensures you get the most out of every single mask treatment. The t-sonic pulsations give an added bonus of a relaxing facial massage.”
The mask is formulated to suit all skin types and works wonders on dry, dehydrated, aging skin. Manuka honey is a natural moisturizer. It improves skin hydration because it is able to absorb moisture directly from the air and draw it onto the skin.
In its natural form, Manuka honey has been found to reduce inflammation and irritation associated with acne. Having been used as a natural antibiotic for centuries, the superfood is the perfect natural alternative for curing acne, skin infections and eczema. It is also known for improving digestion, treating sore throats and boosting energy.
The new UFO-activated Farm to Face collection is now available at Sephora Middle East for 115 dirhams ($31) and includes six masks. The UFO is also available at Sephora Middle East.