Middle East Energy Awards: Shuqaiq 3 Desalination Plant by ACCIONA, Marubeni, ALJ and Al Rawafid wins 2019 Utilities Project of the Year of the Year Award

The winner of the 2019 ‘Utilities Project of the Year of the Year’ Award at the Middle East Energy Awards is Shuqaiq 3 Desalination Plant by ACCIONA, Marubeni, ALJ and Al Rawafid

Jesús Sancho (centre), managing director – Middle East, ACCIONA, and Javier Nieto (right), project director, ACCIONA, receive the Utilities Project of the Year Award won by the consortium of ACCIONA, Marubeni, ALJ and Al Rawafid for the Shuqaiq 3 Desalination Plant from Vinod Raghothamarao, director, Energy Wide Perspectives & Strategy, IHS Markit EMEA, at the 2019 Middle East Energy Awards.
Jesús Sancho (centre), managing director – Middle East, ACCIONA, and Javier Nieto (right), project director, ACCIONA, receive the Utilities Project of the Year Award won by the consortium of ACCIONA, Marubeni, ALJ and Al Rawafid for the Shuqaiq 3 Desalination Plant from Vinod Raghothamarao, director, Energy Wide Perspectives & Strategy, IHS Markit EMEA, at the 2019 Middle East Energy Awards.

Shuqaiq 3 Desalination Plant by ACCIONA, Marubeni, ALJ and Al Rawafid in Saudi Arabia enables the consortium to provide more than three million people with water.

“It has been an honour for ACCIONA and our consortium partners Marubeni, ALJ and Al Rawafid to receive this prestigious award for the independent water project (IWP) Shuqaiq 3 Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant as the 'Utilities Project of the Year' from the Middle East Energy Awards. On behalf of ACCIONA and our partners involved in this project, we would like to express our gratitude for this recognition,” said Jesús Sancho, managing director – Middle East, ACCIONA.

“As several countries in the Middle East region are aligned with the international protocols on climate change and carbon emission reduction, it is an increasingly important priority to ensure a sustainable and cost-effective potable water supply. Shuqaiq 3 embraces all these aspects, as it is an efficient and safe alternative to the thermal desalination technology. The project shall guarantee the supply of drinking water to more than 1.8 million citizens, and thus contributing to the economic and industrial development of the kingdom.”

“Additionally, Shuqaiq 3 represents an important milestone both at the economic and at the social responsibility level, as it is one of the largest desalination plants in the world and it will create several thousand jobs from the start of construction until the end of the 25-year concession. The project is seamlessly aligned with the ‘2030 Vision’ of Saudi Arabia since it involves a great deal of Saudi content and has, as its objective, the increase of private investment and local employment opportunities.

The ‘highly commended’ nomination in this category is for Eaton Corporation for the Khan Younis Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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