Pöyry has secured a contract from the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) for the owner's engineer services assignment for the Shuqaiq Phase 3 Water Transmission System in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Image: The Shuqaiq Phase 3 Water Transmission System (WTS) is composed of three packages. Photo courtesy of rawpixel on Unsplash.

The Shuqaiq Phase 3 Water Transmission System (WTS) is composed of three packages:

  • Package B1: Pipeline for Shuqaiq – Majardah WTS (SMWTS);
  • Package B2: Pipeline for Pipelaying for Shuqaiq – Abha WTS (SAWTS-3), Shuqaiq – Samta WTS (SSWTS-3) and Baysh Dam – Shuqaiq WTS (BSWTS);
  • Package C: Construction of Pumping Stations PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSQ, PSJ, PS-TI and PSU.

Besides the complexity of having several EPC Contractors working on the project’s three different packages, the Shuqaiq WTS is one of the most complex water transmission systems in the Kingdom: on its route from the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant on the Red Sea coast, the pumped water has to overcome a positive gradient of more than 2000 m as well as cut through several mountains by means of tunnels; hence, converting this project is an exceptionally challenging hydraulic and tunnelling engineering exercise. The total water transmission capacity of Shuqaiq Phase 3 WTS, once integrated with Shuqaiq Phase 4 WTS, will be of 650 000 m3/day.

Pöyry’s scope includes Review of Contractor’s Engineering Services and Supervision of Construction, Erection and Commissioning.

“Pöyry has a long-standing relationship with SWCC going back more than 30 years. As one of the world’s leading desalination and water transmission engineering companies, Pöyry is proud to support SWCC in this important and vital project that will transport the required water needs to the people of Majardah, Abha and Samta” says Jose Carmona, Pöyry’s Head of Thermal Power and Renewable Energy in the Middle East.

The value of the order is not disclosed. The order will be recognised within the Energy Business Group order stock in H2/2018.

Source: Company Press Release