Saudi Arabia’s government has signed deals worth more than $2.4bn (SAR9bn) to build water infrastructure for the Makkah region.

Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has signed several contracts aimed at increasing water supply to some governorates in the Makkah region, as well as to ensure supply to areas without water.

These projects include the construction of Phase 4 of a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant at Shoaiba in Jeddah, the transfer of technology and the purchase of produced water at the Shoaiba power and desalination plant, and the Shoaiba-Mina water transfer system.

Meanwhile, work is underway in full swing in the Taif region to lay water pipelines from Arafat besides implementation of pumping stations, Arab News reported.

The projects also include the manufacture and supply of the Rabigh-Jeddah-Makkah water transfer system and installation of pumping stations.