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Metito Delivers the First Of Three Floating Desalination Barges For Bahri’s SAR760m Announced Project In The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Metito Delivers the First Of Three Floating Desalination Barges For Bahri’s SAR760m Announced Project In The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

  • The project has a total capacity of 150,000 cubic meters per day- The Largest of Its Kind
  • Metito developed the entire project, including the design, engineering, construction, operation trials, and the provision of floating barges that carry the desalination plants and power generation system
  • The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is the off taker for this innovative project

January 25, 2022: Metito delivers the first of three floating desalination barges for The Saudi National Shipping Company (Bahri) SAR760m Announced Project in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The project is based on a previous agreement signed with the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and falls under the third independent phase of the Kingdom’s Privatization Program and aims to ensure sustainable supply of water to enhance water security. The project is the largest floating desalination barge and is located near Al Shuqaiq port, on the western coast of Saudi Arabia.

Metito Saudi signed a contract with Bahri to deliver three floating water desalination plants with a total capacity of 150,000 cubic meters per day. This project is aimed at contributing to the sustainability to supply of high-quality potable water in compliance with all applicable international and local codes and standards and using the most advanced treatment technology, Integrated Ultra Filtration.

Metito, the leading global provider of water and alternative energy management solutions, developed this project on fast-track basis and covering the design, engineering, construction, operation trials, and the provision of floating barges to sail the desalination plants, complete with the power generation system, to its current location in the Kingdom. The company won this pioneering project after winning a competitive tender and having a portfolio of iconic projects across global markets and in the Kingdom.

Commenting on the news, Fady Juez, Metito Managing Director, said, “Winning this innovative project is a true testament of the Kingdom’s progressive vision to achieving national water security targets through sustainable projects and highlights the Government’s efforts to further engage the private sector with mega infrastructural projects”.

Metito specifically designed the plant taking into consideration mobility and the flexibility of sailing the barges to different locations, according to changing water needs. Juez also emphasized the possibility of using solar energy to power the barges.

Metito was the first company to introduce the Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology for desalination outside the USA in 1972. To date, the company continues to develop iconic desalination projects, integrating the latest technologies and ensuring environmental sustainability at the core of its high value engineering.  Metito is also the first company to pioneer concession contracts through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the Middle East and Africa.

Metito awarded the First Public-Private Partnership Wastewater Treatment Project in the Republic of Uzbekistan

  • Metito has been awarded the first public-private partnership (PPP) wastewater treatment project under design, build, finance, operation, and maintenance in the Republic of Uzbekistan

 30 December 2021 – Metito, the leading global provider of water and alternative energy management solutions, has been awarded the design, build, finance, operation, and maintenance of a 100,000 m3/day wastewater treatment plant, along with the construction of a new 7.5km effluent discharge pipeline in the Namangan District of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The project worth USD 100 million, is the first wastewater project to be implemented under the country’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Law with private investment and project financing undertaken by the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services with the full support of the Government of Uzbekistan.

Dominated by large desert plains and an arid climate, Uzbekistan is considered a water-scarce country. Namangan is located on the right bank of the Syr Darya River. Due to climate change, there has been lower river flows and water stress causing a growing gap between water supply and demand. The project, which marks Metito’s first PPP project in Uzbekistan and second in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, will contribute towards rehabilitating and expanding the water and wastewater infrastructure in the Namangan region, located 295km from the capital city, Tashkent. This will improve access to safe water and create a more sustainable community. Metito will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the project for the first 2 years as well as its operation and maintenance for 23 years after completion.

Commenting on this, Rami Ghandour, Metito Managing Director, said: ” Water impacts almost every facet of life, and ensuring a stable and sustainable clean water supply is vital to the sustainable development of any economy. The Namangan Wastewater Treatment Plant PPP braves the path of taking a much bolder approach to financing capital-intensive large infrastructural projects able to address growing water needs where there are budget constraints and other priorities for government budgetary spending.”

“We are confident that our global and extended experience in water PPPs, our high-value engineering capabilities along with integrating the latest technologies, will enable us to set a new benchmark for future water projects in Uzbekistan and the wider CIS region.”

The Namangan Wastewater Treatment Plant PPP is set to have a huge impact on the Uzbekistan community particularly through encouraging more foreign direct investments into capital-intensive, lifeline infrastructure projects. The project is part of a large-scale water management strategy that is aimed at the corporatization and the transfer of management of water supply and sewerage systems to private operators.  Two presidential decrees have been issued to support the development of Water, Supply, and Sanitation infrastructure on a PPP basis and the Namangan Wastewater Treatment Plant PPP project is the first to be developed in this sector pursuant to those Presidential Decrees.

Following a two-staged open international tender run by Asian Development Bank with 23 foreign companies, Metito was officially announced as the winning bidder of the Namangan PPP project. The announcement was made at an award ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services in the Republic of Uzbekistan, and which was attended by members of the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services, the Ministry of Finance, and their PPP Development Agency, Asian Development Bank, as well as representatives from Metito.

Metito’s team of advisory included Synergy Consulting (Financial Advisor), KPMG (Tax Advisor), Hogan Lovells (Legal Advisor).


Metito has been awarded the Most Impactful Water Company 2021 by – Capital Finance International

Metito has been awarded the Most Impactful Water Company 2021 by . Despite the challenging times that were brought about by the evolving Covid-19 pandemic, Metito’s growing impact on water and energy sustainability didn’t waver and this was highlighted in the judging panel report.

This Most Impactful Water Company 2021 award celebrates the company that showed the most resilience and tireless efforts towards addressing the pressing challenges of water scarcity and security while growing steadily, opening new markets, providing job opportunities, and upskilling talent to deliver long-term, world-class quality practice, and deliverables.

Metito’s ongoing commitment to support the UN’s SDGs, particularly, goal 6 – clean water and sanitation, goal 7 – affordable and clean energy, goal 11 – sustainable cities and communities, and goal 13 – climate action, were all applauded in the judge’s report reflecting on the impact Metito is having on circular economy and not just the water sector in key markets around the world.

Thanks to our people, clients, shareholders, and the communities that we serve, we were enabled to create such an impact and will strive to do more.

Global Water Awards 2021

Metito is the award recipient of the “Water Company of the Year -Distinction Award”, from the Global Water Intelligence (GWI). The award recognizes excellence across the entire international water industry within several categories and rewards those initiatives in the water, wastewater, and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward.

New Project Award

#Metito has been awarded the project to rehabilitate Irbid northern wastewater treatment plants in #Jordan – a project worth 42M Euros with a capacity of more than10 million m3/year.

The project will cut greenhouse emissions by appx. 6,600 metric tons annually, contributing to a more sustainable environment and a healthier community.

Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Muhammad Najjar and Moustafa Hasan, Metito General Manager, Turkey, Iraq, Levant & CIS, signed the agreement on May 30th in Amman, Jordan.

Commenting on this, Moustafa Hasan, said: “It’s a great honor for Metito to work with Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation on this project. Irbid is a strategic area, and this project will play a role in creating a more sustainable community around the area and will have a myriad of positive impacts as it becomes a benchmark project of such mega capacity in the Kingdom”.

Metito awarded the design, supply, installation, and operation of El-Hamam agricultural waste treatment plant with a capacity of 7.5 million m3/day, the largest of its type in the world.

Metito awarded the design, supply, installation, and operation of El-Hamam agricultural wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 7.5 million m3/day, the largest of its type in the world.

The wastewater treatment plant has a capacity of 7.5 million m3/day, the largest of its type in the world and the treated water will irrigate up to 2,266,000 acres west of the Nile Delta area. The plant will receive the wastewater gathered in the north of Delta from the agricultural drainage, through digging a 120 kilometeres pathway connecting the two points.

This iconic national project is part of the state’s strategy to expand Egypt’s agricultural area, develop the West Delta region, and to create new sustainable communities and will have a myriad of positive economic and social impacts in Egypt and beyond.

Metito Awarded Jubail-II SWRO 400,000m3/d Seawater Desalination Plant Project in Saudi Arabia by SEPCO III

SWCC is the end user for this state-of-the-art project worth SAR495 Million

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 10th February 2021: The project for the design, engineering and procurement of the new 400,000m3/day Jubail II seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant by SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corporation (SEPCO III) has been awarded to Metito, a global leader and provider of choice for total intelligent water management and alternative energy solutions. The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) will commission this state-of-the-art SWRO project worth US$132M (SAR495M).

The Jubail II SWRO plant is a 24 months project and a commissioning date set for February 2022. The plant will serve Jubail city in the Eastern province of KSA, home to the largest industrial city in the world.

Commenting on this project the Deputy Governor for Technical Affairs & Projects, SWCC, Eng. Sharekh Ibrahim Al-Sharekh said, “The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water and holds the Guinness World Record for the same. We generate potable water from various plants across the east and west coasts of the Kingdom and transport the water to end users through advanced transportation systems feeding multiple regions and cities.”

“The Jubail II project located on the east coast; home of the record-breaking power plant and the world’s largest desalination plant using modern hybrid desalination technology, is a step forward towards achieving the SWCC’s strategic goals of meeting the increasing water demand. Through leading such strategic projects, SWCC plays a vital role in localizing the desalination industry through integration with national entities, companies and institutions to achieve common goals and ensuring world-class projects and operations by harnessing the capabilities and exchanging experiences with entities such as SEPCO III and Metito.”, ENG. AL- Sharekh, SWCC, added.

Metito has been subcontracted by SEPCO III, after winning a competitive tender for the design, engineering, procurement, supervision of installation, commissioning of the plant including process, mechanical, electrical, and automation systems [using innovative technologies such as a state-of-the-art Distributed Control System (DCS). Metito’s scope is fast-tracked with the scope mandated to be concluded in 14 months.

Fady Juez, Metito Managing Director, said: “The Jubail II is a prestigious and challenging project serving a strategic community of local and international significance. We are particularly proud working with SEPCO III for a project commissioned for the SWCC, who we have built a trusting and successful relationship with throughout the years. The project will be a milestone for Metito being the first SWRO plant of this capacity to be engineered by the company in the MENA region. This, and the fact that our scope is fast tracked makes us both proud and humbled by the reputation of quality and trust we have earned across 60 years of experience in this critical industry.” Metito was awarded the project after competing with other international and regional companies for the tender.


About SWCC

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is a Saudi Government Corporation responsible for the desalination of seawater and supplying various regions in the Kingdom with desalinated water. The corporation was established by royal decree dated 20/08/1394 H, corresponding to 07/09/1974 H, as an independent government corporation. The main aim for SWCC is to consolidate the natural water resources in various regions and cities of the Kingdom where there are severe fresh-water shortages, through the process of desalination. One of the main strategic goals for the implementation of these plans is to build a number of desalination plants, along with support facilities in regions suffering from shortages of fresh water supplies, based on the outcomes of technical feasibility studies. Scientific research plays a vital role in spurring economic social and industrial growth and development, offering solutions to development issues and widening horizons for knowledge acquisition in various scientific fields, which SWCC puts great efforts to scientific research, especially with regard to water desalination.

The Corporation pays great attention to developing technologies for desalination of saline water and discovering the latest and most successful technologies and advanced methods in this field. With the aim of reducing the cost of the production, increasing its efficiency in a way that enhances the preservation of the environment, supports abundance, quality, and sustainability. It obtained (11) applied patents for a number of innovations Foremost among them is nanotechnology, triple hybrid, high-pressure pump, and its unprecedented qualitative innovation, the “Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD)) technology.

Leadership and excellence in seawater desalination demonstrates the corporate’s vision. The mission for SWCC is to meet our customers’ needs of desalinated seawater in an efficient and reliable manner with the lowest possible cost and the highest economic return, and the effective investment in and motivation of our human resources, the development of desalination industry and contribute to economic and social development and commitment to safety and environmental standards.

About Metito

Metito is a global leader and provider of choice for total intelligent water management solutions with operations covering three business areas: design and build, specialty chemicals, and utilities. With over 60 years of experience, the Group provides customized, comprehensive and advanced solutions across the full spectrum of its industry; from clean to dirty water; desalination and re-use; industrial solutions (up to hyper pure water); investing into water and wastewater assets; and structuring both Greenfield and Brownfield schemes under project finance structures. The Group also provides custom alternative energy development and management solutions for utilities and corporations looking to uphold sustainable operations through generating clean, emissions-free energy.

Metito successfully developed and executed thousands of projects across the world earning it the trust of market leaders and a reputation for professional excellence. The Group was the first to introduce the reverse osmosis technology for desalination outside the USA in 1972 and the first to pioneer concession contracts with private entities under Build Own Transfer (BOT), Build Own Operate (BOO), and Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) schemes in the Middle East, and under Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreements for bulk surface water supply concessions in Sub Saharan Africa.

The Group is at the forefront of the water and wastewater industry with an impressive project portfolio that includes more than 3000 projects in more than 46 countries managed by over 3000 experienced and talented employees worldwide in strategically located operational offices.

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Al Mahsamma plant awarded the best water/wastewater project by Engineering News-Record (ENR)

Al Mahsamma agricultural drainage treatment, recycling, and reuse plant has been awarded the best water/wastewater project by Engineering News-Record (ENR) 8th annual Global Best Projects competition.

ENR Global Best Projects identifies and honors the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts of the past year and focuses on the challenges and risks associated.

Al Mahsamma plant was also named CFI global winner of the Best Recycling and Reuse Water Project for 2020, Construction Innovation Awards “Infrastructure Project of the Year” for 2019 and has been shortlisted for the Wastewater Project of the Year award at GWI’s Global Water Awards.