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Shuqaiq 3 SWRO recognized by the global water industry


The Global Water Awards recognize major achievements in the water sector in the previous year. In this edition, Shuqaiq 3 Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) has been awarded the Distinction recognition in the Desalination Plant of the Year category, which represents a milestone in sustainable and innovative desalination.

Berlin, Germany, 16 May 2023 | At the Global Water Awards’ gala, which was held on May 9th this year, Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant received an award in the Desalination Plant of the Year category. The highly energy-efficient SWRO plant is a key project in the modernization of the water sector currently being carried out in Saudi Arabia by the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC).

The Global Water Awards recognize major achievements in the water sector in the previous year, rewarding initiatives and companies that contribute to the development of the industry through improvements in operational performance, the adoption of innovative technologies, and sustainable financial models. This year, the emphasis has been on recognizing initiatives that represent progress in the field of desalination.

Construction work on the plant was completed in January 2023 in record time despite the challenging impacts of COVID-19. Shuqaiq 3 is one of the biggest SWRO plants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, capable of supplying around two million people in the Asir and Jizan areas. The plant, which is already producing water at full capacity, produces 450,000 cubic meters of potable water per day, making it a milestone in sustainable and innovative desalination.

In September 2019, the independent water project, Shuqaiq 3, was also awarded the “Utilities Project of the Year” at the Middle East Energy Awards held in Dubai, UAE, consolidating its position as one of the region’s flagship projects.

The consortium, composed of Almar Water Solutions, through Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises, ACCIONA, Marubeni Corporation, and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co., was awarded the contract by Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) in 2019, as a key element in the 7-year statement project that sets out to modernize the water sector in Saudi Arabia.

With a population of just over 35 million, Saudi Arabia is the third biggest consumer of water per capita in the world, after the United States and Canada. It stands in a region with considerable water shortages, so the demand for desalinated water is growing in response to climate change and demographic growth.


About Almar Water Solutions

Almar Water Solutions is a leading company developing non-conventional water infrastructure and water production, distribution, and treatment services for the municipal and industrial sectors. The company specializes in developing, designing, managing, financing, and operating infrastructures, covering a wide range of solutions such as purification, desalination, wastewater treatment, and reuse. For further information, visit

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