Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) has inked the kingdom’s first operations and management contract with the private sector, which will witness a Saudi-French-Filipino consortium being assigned to take over the operation of water services and the environmental treatment of water in the kingdom’s northwestern sector.The $52.5m (SAR198m) deal, which covers a period of seven years, will include the treatment and provision of water services in the kingdom’s Medina and Tabuk regions.
The contract includes 14 key indicators that the consortium – including Saudi’s “Miahona” company, France’s “Saur Group”, and Philippines’ “Manila Water” company – must achieve, such as: improving and developing the customer experience; raising operational efficiency; rationing costs; reducing water losses; improving network management; and contributing to achieving sustainability.
The agreement was inked by the chief executive officer of the National Water Company, Eng Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Mawkali, and representatives from the consortium in the presence of the Saudi the Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Water Company, HE Eng Abdul-Rahman bin Abdul-Mohsen Al-Fadhli.
The contract will contribute to improving services, performance, and the standard of operations at the sector level in general, including operational efficiency, technical knowledge, quality, availability of services, and maintenance requirements in the northwestern region.
Al-Mawkali said: “The National Water Strategy has restructured water services and engaged the private sector. The company started restructuring by merging 13 administrative regions to operate under the umbrella of six sectors.”The CEO of the National Water Company pointed out that one of the most important pillars of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 is the well-being of the citizens and the quality of services provided to the citizens.
As part of the National Water Strategy 2030, the National Water Company developed detailed plans to upgrade the water distribution sector in the kingdom in partnership with the private sector, to ensure financial sustainability and the quality of services provided to the citizens.
Approximately 27 experts of different nationalities will work in the northwestern sector in order to transfer global experience, localise smart technology, share knowledge and expertise with Saudi employees, and prepare the path for concession contracts, which is currently in the final stage of allocation of services.
Source: Construction Week Online
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