SR1.4bn water contracts signed

Ongoing work on a water project near Riyadh.

Ongoing work on a water project near Riyadh.

The Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen signed here this week a contract with three local companies to manufacture, supply and implement a feeder line project in the capital from the water tanks to three locations within the city at a total cost exceeding SR1.4 billion.

Outlining the contracts, Al-Hussayen, who is also chairman of the National Water Desalination Company, said that a SR373 million contract for manufacturing and supplying iron pipes was awarded to a local company. This was in addition to another contract for SR1.03 billion for implementing the pipeline project.

The project consists of three pipelines, of which two are 80 inches in diameter with a total length of 92.5 km., while the third pipeline measures 100 inches in diameter with a length of 41 km. These pipelines will connect the reservoirs at the highest point with the reservoir terminals. He noted that the implementation of the project will take 915 days for the B1 part and 1,095 days for the B2 part from the date of submitting the site to the contractors.

The minister added: “The Riyadh region is currently getting more than 800,000 cubic meters of desalinated water per day from the Jubail plant, and after running all the desalination units in Ras Al-khair, which were launched this year, this will work out to an additional 900,000 cubic meters.”

According to the minister, the water supply system links the capital and its affiliated provinces through four systems. They are Jubail Riyadh line (A and B), Jubail Riyadh pipeline (third line), and the fourth line connects Riyadh pipeline and Riyadh-Sudair–Alwashm and Al-Qaseem.


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