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Saudi signs $4.2bn power and water project-report

Power plant to produce 2,750 MW and 1.025 million cubic meters of desalinated water

Saudi signs $4.2bn power and water project-report
POWER AND WATER: The plant will also be integrated with a water desalination facility (Bloomberg Images)

Saudi Arabia signed contracts worth $4.2 billion on Tuesday for the construction of the Ras Az Zawr giant power and water plant, official Saudi media reported.

Abdullah al Hussayen, Saudi Arabia's minister of water and power and chairman of state owned Saline Water Conversion Corp (SWCC), signed a $2.4 billion deal with a group led by Al Arrab Contracting Co to build the power plant on the country's Gulf cost, SPA said.

Executive vice president of Al Arrab, Samer Arafa, told Reuters that the power plant will be completed in 42 months. The plant has a planned capacity of 2,400 megawatts, will be able to generate up to 2,750 MW.

The group includes China's Sepco III Electric Power Construction Corp. The Chinese company and Al Arrab were awarded the contract in September.

The plant will be integrated with a water desalination facility, for which a $1.7 billion contract was signed with a consortium of South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Co Ltd and Saudi Archirodon Ltd, SPA said.

Doosan said in September its contract was worth $1.46 billion to build the water plant, expected to be the world's largest when it comes on stream in 2014. The plant will produce 1.025 million cubic metres of desalinated water per day.

The cost of the project is now set below initial estimates of $6 billion, when Japan's Sumitomo Corp was leading a consortium to build and operate the plant.

SWCC will take 1 billion litres of the plant's water production capacity. Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Maaden) will take 1,350 MW of the project's power, and 1,050 MW will be allocated to Saudi Electricity Co (SEC).

In Ras Az Zawr, Maaden and US aluminium company Alcoa Inc are building a $10.8 billion aluminium project, which will be the world's largest fully integrated aluminium complex when completed in 2014. (Reuters)

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