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Black & Veatch appointed consultant for major Jeddah desalination project

Engineering and design will supplement water supply to Saudi Arabia’s second largest city

Black & Veatch has been chosen by the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) as engineering and design consultant for the Jeddah 4 project. This major desalination scheme will augment dramatically water supply in Saudi Arabia’s second largest city. 

Jeddah 4 will enhance water resources for the city’s five million people by creating a 400 mega litres per day (mld) reverse osmosis (RO) plant. Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest producer of desalinated water. When completed, Jeddah 4 will be among the kingdom’s largest desalination plants.

“An augmented water supply is central to the prosperity and continued development of Jeddah. SWCC, through critical infrastructure projects such as Jeddah 4, has proved highly effective in addressing the kingdom’s water requirements,” said Mazen Alami, Managing Director, Middle East at Black & Veatch.

“Black & Veatch is a recognised leader in the best practices and technologies shaping the water industry; our desalination expertise extends across the entire value chain. Our experience with large-scale desalination projects around the world will help the corporation serve the needs of Jeddah’s growing populace,”

Mazen Alami, Managing Director, Middle East at Black & Veatch

Jeddah 4 will be tendered on an engineer, procure, construct (EPC) basis. Black & Veatch will be responsible for studies of site and adjacent sea conditions, conceptual process and engineering design, and preparation of tender documents. In addition Black & Veatch will support SWCC during the tendering and award of the EPC contract.

Black & Veatch has been serving the Middle East since the 1920s, undertaking projects that enhance quality of life: power generation to support economic development, and water and sanitation to improve health. The company has worked with SWCC since 1993, notably on the Shoaibah to Jeddah Water Transmission System.

Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch has been involved in more than 40 desalination plants with a combined throughput of nearly 5,788 mld. Our role runs from planning through to design, construction and commissioning. For more details see our Membrane Technology factsheet and the desalination section of
  • SWCC is a Saudi government corporation responsible for desalinating sea water to augment the supply of potable water to coastal and inland cities
  • Black & Veatch has designed a combined membrane capacity exceeding 2,270 Ml/d on five continents
  • SWCC’s 27 desalination plants provide more than 70 per cent of the water used in Saudi Arabia’s cities
  • In 2003 SWCC selected Black & Veatch to carry out engineering studies and preparation of engineering, procurement and construction tender documents for the six new desalination plants
  • SWCC is the second largest electric power producer in Saudi Arabia
  • Recent Black & Veatch energy projects in the Middle East include the 2X660 MW heavy fuel oil thermal power plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia; 430 MW and 69mld RO Salalah Independent Water and Power Project in Oman; and 2x150 ton-per-day sulphur recovery plant project, Sohar Refinery, Oman.

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