ACCIONA and Aqualia starts the management, operation and maintenance of South Sluster in KSA

Aqualia y ACCIONA arrancan el South Cluster en Arabia Saudí

Since the consortium was chosen by the Saudi National Water Company (NWC), a team of 40 highly qualified and multidisciplinary experts has been selected and trained. Their knowledge and experience are one of the keys to the success of the project.

The consortium lead by Aqualia and where ACCIONA and the locals Tawzea and HAACO groups are part of it, will be in charge of the Management, Operation and Maintenance of the end-to-end water cycle for seven years in the regions of Assir, Jazan, Baha and Najran.

The consortium has chosen a multidisciplinary and multinational team of 39 experts to lead the project. They will optimize the operations and management of water services in this immense southern Saudi region and implement the social, environmental and economic sustainability goals of the project.

The area is one of the six clusters or territories in Saudi Arabia into which the NWC (National Water Company) has divided the country to make progress towards better management of water supply and sanitation services. The ultimate aim of this government programme is to incentivise the participation of the private sector in the management of water and sanitation in the country and to generally improve their efficiency.

The contract, which involves a public-private partnership with the state-owned NWC (National Water Company) in charge of these services, covers the management of 59 drinking water plants, 380 storage tanks, 330 pumping stations, 127 tanker filling stations, 20,000 kilometres of mains piping, 43 wastewater treatment plants and 7,000 kilometres of collection networks, among other assets.

Saudi privatization Program

Within the Saudi Vision 2030 plan, which seeks the modernization and sustainable development of the country, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) has developed a National Water Strategy (NWS 2030) that addresses the main challenges of the sector through policies and institutional reform initiatives. As a result of this process, the National Water Company (NWC) was authorized to carry out an integrated program to attract the private sector to improve the efficiency of the service.

The program aims to carry out a restructuring of the national water system in six regional distribution entities (cluster). For the development of this process there are specialized private companies. This institutional and legal reform in the country aims to achieve the financial sustainability of the water sector, and will be developed in two phases:

Phase 1: Implementation of Management, Operation and Maintenance contracts in each cluster for 7 years.

Phase 2: Implementation of long-term concession contracts in each cluster.

The six administrative/geographical areas that are identified with the clusters are the following: East Cluster (eastern region of the country); West Cluster (Mecca region); Northern Cluster (Qassim, Hail, Al-Jouf and northern border regions); Northwest Cluster (Medina and Tabuk regions); Central Cluster (Central area of the country); and Southern Cluster (Asir, Baha, Najran and Jazan regions).