HRH Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Emir of the Eastern Region, at the Amara Headquarters today, witnessed signing of several contracts to improve water services in the Eastern Region including Dammam, Khobar, Al-Ahsa, and Qatif, in the value of 4.3 billion Saudi Riyals, in the presence of Engineer Abdulrahman bin Abdul Mohsen A-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture "MEWA".
In his name and on behalf of the people of the region, the Emir of the Eastern Region, extended thanks to the wise leadership, May God Support them, for ensuring the implementation of all the projects that contribute to the well-being of citizens and residents and reflect positively on their lives. The Emir noted that these projects, which will be implemented in high quality and using the best and latest technologies, will have a great impact in covering the needs of the region from desalinated water and keeping pace with the urban renaissance experienced by the governorates of the region. He stressed the importance of commitment to implementation quality, time according to the schedule adopted and integration among all relevant authorities for the speed of completion and maximizing benefit.
For his part, MEWA Minister noted the support received by the water sector, through which the implementation of water projects has been achieved that have contributed to strengthening water sources, increasing water coverage and services, improving their reliability, increasing their operational efficiency, and improving their quality in various regions of the Kingdom.
The Minister indicated that the projects signed included 11 new contracts to implement projects that support the infrastructure of the water system in the Eastern Region and improve its quality, pointing out that the cost amounted to more than 4.3 billion Saudi Riyals, and that the duration of its implementation ranges from 18 to 30 months, and aim to improve water services in Dammam, Khobar, Al-Ahsa and Qatif.
Al-Fadhli pointed out that these contracts include the implementation of more than 316 km-long of transmission and main lines, construction of operational tanks with a capacity of 1.5 million cubic meters in several cities in the region, including two projects to improve water networks in the southwest and north-east of Al-Ahsa, two projects to improve water networks in north-west and south-east of Qatif, and two projects to improve water networks in the north, south-west and south-east of Dammam.
MEWA Minister informed that the National Water Company "NWC" is currently working to complete the process of awarding three contracts at a cost of more than 1.2 billion Saudi Riyals, including a contract to improve water networks in The city of Jubail to implement 106 kilometers-long lines of transmission and main lines, the construction of operational tanks with a capacity of 158,000 cubic meters, to serve 250,000 beneficiaries, another contract for the implementation of the two marine surplus lines of the sewage treatment plant west of Dammam with a length of 55 km, and a supervisory contract for projects that will be implemented.
He stated The Saline Water Conversion Corporation "SWCC" implemented four desalination systems, with the eastern region ration accounting for 1 million cubic meters per day of its capacity, operating with modern environmentally-friendly technologies that contribute to reducing carbon emissions, in addition to implementing seven water transmission system projects in The area with lengths of 503 km, including 25 tanks with a total storage capacity of 2.209 million cubic meters, and SWCC established a photovoltaic system and generators for the water transport system to Jubail plant tanks, design, supply and implementation of the new 230-380 KV central conversion plant in Jubail, connecting it to the power grid.
The Minister also pointed out that in February this year, an agreement was concluded between the SWCC and NWC for a period of 5 years, with the aim of improving the water quality in the region, and ensuring its supply to its cities and governorates with capacities of up to 76,000 cubic meters of desalinated water per day across 15 mobile technology networks, taking advantage of the staff and expertise of SWCC in the work of design, implementation, and auto operation and maintenance.
Al-Fadhli drew attention to the fact that these contracts and the previous projects that have been implemented or are currently being implemented come as one of the outputs of the National Water Strategy, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the Saudi Arabian Vision 2030, pointing out that the ministry was keen to engage the private sector in the implementation of water projects, to contribute to raising GDP, and the percentage of local content through the implementation of these projects.