Abengoa, an international company that applies innovative technological solutions for sustainable development in the infrastructure sectors, was present at the opening ceremony of the Rabigh desalination plant, the largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in commercial operation in the world, with 600,000 m3/day capacity.

In an emblematic act, they met in the city of Rabigh (Saudi Arabia) H.E. Eng. Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen A. AlFadley, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, H.E. Eng. Khaled Al Qureshi, Managing Director of the Saudi Water Partnership Company, Mr. Mohammad Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, and Mr. Faisal Al Nowaiser, Member of the Board of Directors of SBCC-SAWACO, as well as representatives of the consortium responsible for the EPC of the project, Abengoa, SepcoIII (Power China) and Sidem (Veolia).

The CEO of Abengoa Water and Energy, Angel Alday, stressed that 'this iconic project is the clear exponent of Abengoa's interest in participating in the achievement of the strategic objectives of the 'Vision 2030 of Saudi Arabia', with an extraordinary development of desalination in the country, and an interest in establishing records for the reduction of water tariffs and the minimization of carbon footprint'.

Recently, the Rabigh plant has been recognized as the world's largest reverse osmosis desalination plant by Guinness World Records, the world's leading authority on record-breaking. They have earned this recognition, among other benefits, being the plant with the highest level of operational efficiency and respect for the environment, as well as its electricity consumption and noise index, which are the lowest worldwide.

In addition, Abengoa is eligible for the awards organized annually by the prestigious water sector publication, Global Water Intelligences (GWI), which this year has selected the company as one of the finalists in the category of desalination plant of the year for the Rabigh 3 project.

Rabigh 3, a world reference in desalination

Rabigh 3, with a capacity of 600,000 m3/day, located in Saudi Arabia, is the largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in commercial operation in the world. The plant, which is already supplying water to the grid at full capacity, ensures the supply of drinking water to more than three million people in the cities of Makkah, Al-Mokarramah, Jeddah and Mastorah.

The contract for the engineering, supply and construction (EPC) of this project was awarded in 2018 to the consortium formed by Abengoa, SepcoIII (Power China) and Sidem (Veolia), hand in hand with ACWA Power. Once the project is over, the desalinated water is supplied to the state-owned Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC).

This project is a world reference since it presents a design that allows it to reduce energy consumption and increase the availability of the plant. In addition, it contemplated a Saudi local content of 40% of supplies and subcontracting during construction, a great achievement achieved by the consortium integrated by Abengoa.

Abengoa, world leader in desalination

Abengoa, a leader in the international desalination market, currently has five plants under construction and a total installed capacity of 2.4 million m3/day, spread over more than 30 desalination plants in 13 countries, which will be expanded to 4.3 million when the portfolio in execution is completed.

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