Saudi Arabia plans to spend up to $54 billion by 2020 on expanding and operating its water network, a minister said yesterday.
Deputy water & electricity minister Loay Al-Musallam told the Meed Wastewater Treatment & Reuse conference in Abu Dhabi “We plan to spend $37 billion on capital projects and $17 billion on operating the network”. A further $40 billion will be spent on desalination projects.
A new body will be created from January to handle sewage treatment in Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina and Al-Khobar/Dammam, the official added. The National Water Company will launch with $6 billion capital, rising to $20 billion as privatisation develops and it takes on more systems across the country....
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