Officials sign the agreements for the three sewage treatment plants.

Spanish infrastructure major Acciona said its consortium with Saudi partners Tawzea and Tamasuk has been awarded contracts for financing, construction and 25-year operation of three major sewage treatment plants – Madinah-3, Buraydah-2 and Tabuk-2 – in Saudi Arabia.

These new contracts, worth a combined €855 million ($1.02 billion), have been awarded by the state-owned Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC).

These are the first BOOT/EPC (build, own, operate and transfer/engineering, procurement and construction) contracts that Acciona has signed in the area of wastewater treatment in the Middle East.

The Madinah-3 wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) will be located in the fourth most populated city in Saudi Arabia with more than 1.1 million inhabitants, and will have a capacity of 200,000 cu m per day (expandable to 375,000 cu m per day) to treat urban wastewater. The Spanish group will also be responsible for the facility’s development, design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance for 25 years.

The Buraydah-2 project, which will boast a 150,000 cu m per day capacity and Tabuk-2, with a 90,000 cu m per day, are located in rural areas in the central and northern regions of the country, respectively, and will serve one million people.

Acciona said as per the agreement with SWPC, it will develop, design, finance, construct and operate these two facilities for 25 years and will also build 34 km of recycled water collectors for Buraydah-2 and another 28 km of collectors for Tabuk-2.