RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s state owned National Water Company (NWC) has awarded a procurement advisory services project to engineering consultancy Atkins to provide water distribution services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The consortium is led by financial consultant Mizuho Bank and supported by legal consultant White & Case.
The project is part of a wider privatisation strategy that focuses on customer service, efficiency improvement and cost control, and is designed to bring greater efficiency and guaranteed water supply throughout the Kingdom.
Atkins will provide advice on the water sector distribution model, design of the procurement strategy and design of the competitive procurement process for operators.
The municipal water segment aims to meet the demand for water and wastewaterservices of the Kingdom’s 32 million residents.
Saudi Arabia has been diversifying and modernising the industrial base of the country in line with the National Transformation Program, Saudi Vision 2030, to be less dependent on petroleum resources. The Program is also aimed at promoting privatization to reduce public spending.
Francois-Xavier Basselot, market director for SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins’ water business in the Middle East and Africa, said: “With significant infrastructure development and forecast growth in cities, towns and communities, the distribution of water and guarantee of supply is critical.
“Through these flagship projects, the NWC, with support from the consortium, will have better water network coverage, better wastewater service coverage and will enable a better understanding about the importance of water conservation. Ultimately this is about ensuring the sustainability of the water sector in the Kingdom.”