Construction of KSA SWPC’s Shuqaiq 3 IWP desalination plant achieves two million man-hours without injuries

Shuqaiq 3 IWP, Desalination plant, MEP and HVAC, KSA, Saudi Water Partnership Company, Shuqaiq Three Company for Water

Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) and the Shuqaiq Three Company for Water (S3CW) Shuqaiq 3 IWP desalination plant in Shuqaiq, Jizan region, on the country’s south-west coast, has achieved two million man-hours without Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) as construction surpasses the 50% completion mark. 

Covid-19 has added an extra challenge to coordinate the necessary prevention measures with our productivity goals while allowing us to reach the final target as per the contractual dates.


ACCIONA is the Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contractor for Shuqaiq 3 Independent Water Project (IWP) Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant, which will produce 450,000 cubic meters of potable water per day.

The project also includes the EPC of a large Electrical Special Facility (ESF) to feed the plant with power and some other additional installations from the existing power plants in the vicinity.

The plant will provide water to the cities of Abha and Jizan covering a potential population of two million inhabitants once completed in Q4 of 2021.

Jesús García Prieto, ACCIONA Shuqaiq 3 IWP Project Director, said: “This important milestone reflects our high commitment designing and building this kind of vital facilities for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and fulfilling the best Health and Safety standards that guarantee safe conditions for our employees and subcontractors. It is the time to recognize the great effort made at Shuqaiq 3 Project by all the parties involved with a special highlight of the difficult circumstances relative to the impact of the Covid-19 worldwide.”

The total desalinated water production in the Middle East is forecasted to be 13x times larger in 2040 than it was in 2014, according to the latest ACCIONA Sustainability Report.

Altaf Khan Mohsan-CMIOSH, ACCIONA Shuqaiq 3 IWP Project HSE Manager, added: “This impressive achievement becomes a reality because of ACCIONA’s ongoing commitment toward the HSE goal (Zero Harm) through its stringent HSE strategies, system and safe processes.

"ACCIONA management always believes that by creating a Health & Safety culture and promoting safe practices, at the end of the day everyone should go home safe. In addition, Shuqaiq-3 team prioritizes the environmental values and maintains the Project´s sustainability at the highest level. The awareness given by the HSE team about the Covid-19 pandemic is remarkable and has minimized the consequences in the project.”

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