Bid & Tender


Firms Invited to Qualify for Ras al-Khair Plant Privatisation

The Ras al-Khair plant has current operating desalination capacity of 1.05 million cubic metres a day (cm/d) and a power generation capacity of 2.65GW. The plant has a current book value of SR12-13bn ($3.3-3.5bn)


Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has invited firms to submit prequalification documents for the planned privatisation of the existing Ras al-Khair desalination and power plant, a deal which is likely to be worth up to $3.5bn.


SWCC had received EOIs from 17 firms in June for the first deal to privatise an existing utilities plant in Saudi Arabia. According to sources close to the scheme, the firms have been invited to submit prequalification documents (statement of qualification) by 20 September.


The client is planning to notify prequalified companies by 11 October and issue the request for proposals (RFP) in the fourth week of October. Bidders will then have 5 months to work on proposals.


SWCC revealed that the following firms submitted EOI for the Ras al-Khair tender:



•             Aberdeen Standard Investments (UK)

•             Actis (UK)

•             Hassana Investment Company (Saudi Arabia)

•             IPM (UK)

•             Mubadala (UAE)

•             Tamasuk Holding (Saudi Arabia)



•             Acwa Power, Saudi Arabia

•             Advanced Water, Saudi Arabia

•             Al Bawani Water & Power, Saudi Arabia

•             Alfanar, Saudi Arabia

•             Alghanim International, Kuwait

•             China Power International Holding Ltd, China

•             EDF, France

•             Edra Power Holdings, Malaysia

•             Engie, France

•             FAS Energy, Saudi Arabia

•             FCC Aquaila, Spain

•             HaJi Abdullah Alireza & Co Ltd, Saudi Arabia

•             Jera, Japan

•             Kansai Electric Power Corporation, Japan

•             Kindasa Water Services, Saudi Arabia

•             Lamar Holding Company, Saudi Arabia

•             Marafiq, Saudi Arabia

•             Marubeni, Japan

•             Metito, UAE

•             Nesma, Saudi Arabia

•             NTPC, India

•             Sojitz, Japan


The Ras al-Khair plant has current operating  desalination capacity of 1.05 million cubic metres a day (cm/d) and a power generation capacity of 2.65GW. The plant has a current book value of SR12-13bn ($3.3-3.5bn), according to sources close to the privatisation programme.


The plant has one of the largest desalination capacities in the world, which is delivered through a hybrid-configuration of multi-stage flash (MSF) thermal desalination and reverse osmosis (RO) membrane technology. MSF accounts for about 70 per cent of the total capacity, with RO accounting for the remaining 30 per cent.


The RO plant has been in operation since 2014, with the MSF desalination component and the power generation capacity coming online in 2015 and 2016 respectively.


The water desalination plant was built by South Korea’s Doosan, with China’s Sepco 3 delivering the power plant. The power plant has gas turbines installed from Germany’s Siemens.


The plant has a total of about 800 employees, with SWCC employees accounting for 400 of these, and Doosan and Sepco 3 also accounting for about 400.


The planned privatisation of SWCC’s assets is being overseen by the kingdom’s Privatisation Supervisory Committee.


The programme to privatise existing SWCC assets was first launched in 2008, however little progress was made until the launch of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 in 2016, with the privatisation of state assets forming a central pillar of the ambitious reform programme.


SWCC appointed France’s BNP Paribas as the lead and financial adviser for the planned privatisation in October 2017. SWCC is also being adviser by Atkins, technical adviser, Ernst & Young, accounting adviser and Clifford Chance and the local Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani law firm (AS&H) as legal advisers.


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