The SHUQAIQ 3 Independent Water Project is a desalination plant that produces 450,000m³ of water per day1. The project is located in the Shuqaiq area on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. Shuqaiq Three Company owns it for Water, which is a consortium of Marubeni Corporation, Abdul Latif Jameel Commercial Development Company Ltd., Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Ltd., and Acciona Agua S.A. The plant uses reverse osmosis (RO) technology to produce water by forcing saline water through a semipermeable membrane. The project includes constructing, operating, and maintaining the RO-based desalination plant.

The project was commissioned on January 9, 2022, and Saudi Water Partnership Company will purchase all water produced from the plant under a 25-year water purchase agreement. The demand for water in Saudi Arabia is increasing rapidly as the country’s economy and population continue to grow. There is also demand for energy-efficient RO-based desalination plants, which are independent and do not require coupling with thermal power generation, reflecting the global trend towards renewable energy.

Project Location:

The Shuqaiq-3 Independent Water Project is located in the Shuqaiq area on the Red Sea Coast of Saudi Arabia.


Project EPC Contractor:

Acciona, RTCC

RO Building:

                    The RO Building has a Cooling System that limits the temperature to 40°C at most to protect the RO Membrane Trains from dust at egress. To achieve this goal, dedicated PACUs are provided.

Administrative & Security Building:

                     These structures meet general commercial building standards. The system is designed to provide a complete cooling solution while consuming the least energy. A VAV system is installed in dedicated PACUs for this purpose.

Electrical Buildings:

                    A cooling system is installed in electrical buildings to remove excess heat from VFDs and other panels while maintaining a temperature of no more than 27°C and slight over-pressurization. 

Pump Buildings & Auxiliary:

                    A lower temperature restriction is not required for the building. As a result, these buildings are designed to maintain a constant temperature of no more than five degrees Celsius above ambient. A combination of supply and exhaust fans is used to provide ventilation.