Following a royal decree for creating strategic water tanks in Jeddah and Mecca, Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) has launched a SR2.2 billion strategic water storage project for Jeddah with a total capacity of six million m3. The first phase of the project, with a capacity of 1.5 million m3, has been cleared for implementation at a cost of SR500 billion. It will come up in Breiman and consists of four concrete tanks with a capacity of 375,000 m3 each; furthermore, each tank will contains three cells of 125,000 m3 capacity each. The first phase is expected to be completed in 24 months from the date the contractor takes over the project site.
The supporting projects have been divided into four contracts comprising a carrier line from the desalination plants on the Red Sea to Al Faisaliah storage tanks at a cost of SR99 million (which has been completed), a carrier line from Al Faisaliah to Breiman at a cost of SR 93 million (under implementation), a pumping station project from Al Faisaliah to Breiman at a cost of SR70 million (under tendering) and mixing rooms at an estimated cost of SR120 million (also under tendering). The supporting projects will be completed in parallel with the first phase over the next two years.
The second and third phases of the project will see total capacity addition of 4.5 million m3.