A consortium of Passavant Energy & Environment (PE&E) and Aziz Company for Contracting and Industrial Investment (ACCII) has been awarded a $71.4m (SAR268m)  contract for the South Dhahran wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Saudi Arabia.

The three-year contract was awarded by the National Water Company (NWC).

As per the terms of the agreement, the duration of the contract is two years for design and build (D&B), and one year for operation and maintenance (O&M).

PE&E’s scope of work includes the design, procurement, and supply of equipment, in addition to installation, supervision, and commissioning of the plant process, as well as related electromechanical works.

Upon completion, the plant, located in Al Khobar, will treat 70,000m3 of water per day, incoming from different areas within Dhahran Municipality.

Water will be received through pipelines at specific delivery points and conditions.

Passavant Energy & Environment (PE&E) is a wholly-owned water and energy technology subsidiary of Drake & Scull International (DSI). 

Remarking on the contract award, Wael Allan, CEO of DSI, said: "This is a significant win for the company, and a testimony to our exceptional ability in water and energy." 

Fares Khatib, managing director of PE&E, added: “This [facility] will be among the few in Saudi Arabia that harness bio-gas from treated sludge to generate electricity [that covers] a major part of the plant's power needs."

Austria-based engineering and consulting firm, ILF-Tecon & Partners Engineering, is the project's consultant. 

Earlier this year, DSI announced that it was close to signing three new projects, with one of them being the now announced wastewater project.