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Jazan, Saudi Arabia

The Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant, located in the province of Jizan, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, was inaugurated today in a ceremony organized under the patronage of HRH Prince Mohammad Bin Nasser and HE Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environmental, Water and Agriculture.

Recognized as one of Saudi Arabia’s largest desalination plants, Shuqaiq 3 has a total production capacity of 450,000 cubic meters per day, capable of meeting the water demand of over 1.8 million Saudis across the Asir and Jizan provinces. In addition, this is the region’s first large-scale plant that uses energy-efficient pure reverse osmosis technology, capable of supplying up to 150 Hm3 (gigaliters) of high-quality water annually.

The inauguration ceremony, held in the Chamber of Commerce Hall in Jazan City, was presided by HE Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environmental, Water and Agriculture together with numerous authorities such as HE Eng. Abdullah Al-Abdulkarim, Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation and HE Eng. Khaled Alqureshi, CEO of Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC). HE Álvaro Iranzo, Spanish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, also attended together with members of the Consortium, including Vice Chairman and CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises, Faisal S. Alsamannoudi, and representatives of Almar Water Solutions.

The plant was constructed by a consortium formed by Almar Water Solutions, through Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises, ACCIONA, Marubeni Corporation and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co.

Recognized across the water sector as one of the most complex, innovative and sustainable plants in its class, in September 2019, Shuqaiq 3 was awarded the “Utilities Project of the Year” at the Middle East Energy Awards 2019 held in Dubai, UAE, consolidating its position as one of the region’s flagship projects.

In addition, the plant will contribute to the Kingdom’s drive for great sustainability and water security in line with Vision 2030, in addition to its broader ambition to further align with the global green agenda.

Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, commented: “We are very proud of how the construction of the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant was carried out. The challenge of COVID-19 put us to the test and brought out the best of everyone involved in the project. Thanks to them, today we can say that Shuqaiq 3 is one of the most ambitious projects in the area and will supply drinking water to the population, industry and agriculture, improving the quality of life of millions of people”.

With this project, Almar Water Solutions, as part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, builds on its pipeline of major water infrastructure projects across 25 countries, which forms part of its ambitious strategy to deliver sustainable water solutions to countries and communities around the world.

Fady Jameel, Deputy President and Vice-Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “Water is a fundamental resource for the development and prosperity of communities around the world. That is why, Almar Water solutions, as part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, is extremely proud to have contributed to Shuqaiq 3’s development through Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises, recognized as a flagship project not only in Saudi Arabia but also in the region. The capacity and technological complexity of this project is highly impressive, offering present and future generations the chance to help drive greater water security under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030”.


About Almar Water Solutions

Almar Water Solutions is a company specializing in the development, investment and operation of water infrastructure. Its team of professionals, with over two decades of experience in 25 countries leading major water infrastructure projects, works tirelessly to develop integral solutions that meet growing needs for water in the municipal and industrial sectors.  For further information, visit almarwater.com