Saudi Focus

Metito consortium wins key sewage deal

February 2019

A consortium led by UAE-based Metito Group, a leader in total intelligent water management solutions in emerging markets, has been awarded a contract by the Saudi government to set up the country’s first independent sewage treatment plant project (ISTP).

The consortium includes key partners Mowah, one of the largest private water desalination companies in Saudi Arabia, and Orascom Construction, a leading global engineering and construction contractor in the region.

The plant, which has a designed capacity of 350,000 cu m per day, will be serving the western region of Dammam, said the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MoEWA).

The project is the first ISTP to be tendered to investors under a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model and will initially aim at a capacity of 200,000 cu m per day, it added.

Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture and chairman of the Water and Electricity Company Engineer Abdulrahman Al Fadley signed the sewage treatment agreement (STA) with Metito Group chairman and CEO Mutaz Ghandour for the development of the new wastewater treatment plant in Dammam.

Al Fadley pointed out that the project aims to upgrade services, make them more sustainable and increase capital spending efficiency by making the best use of the private sector experience in the environment, water and agricultural sectors.

This initiative is the second privatisation initiative in the water sector signed in less than a month, according to the MoEWA. The project is expected to begin operation in February 2022. 

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