Saudi Arabia kicks off water pipeline PPP drive

Saudi Arabia has started the hunt for advisors to work with it on its world-first privately financed water transmission programme.
The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), the body leading the country’s water PPP programme, has issued a request for proposals from consultants for its first three independent water transmission pipelines (IWTPs). These will connect cities with the new privately financed desalination plants springing up on the coast.
While transmission pipelines have been included with privately financed desalination projects previously – including the Yanbu 4 desal project currently being pushed out by the SWPC – the new IWTPs will mark the first time that a pipeline has been awarded and built through a dedicated privately financed contracting process.
In total the SWPC plans to procure nearly 3,300Kms of water transmission pipeline transporting nearly 4.4 million cubic metres of water a day by 2026.