International Barges Company for Water Desalination (Bowarege) is the owner and controller of the Barge IWP. In order to devise a rapidly deployable, self-contained solution for water desalination, ACWA Power developed the world’s first barges mounted, self contained desalination plants with onboard power generators and staff accomodation. Both barges are fitted with 25,000m3/day capacity reverse osmosis desalination plants. The barges were initially anchored adjacent to the Shuaibah IWPP to augment its desalinated water output and thereafter relocated to Shuqaiq to alleviate water shortages in the southern region. In June 2011, the barges moved to their current location in Yanbu to support the local water infrastructure.
Each of the two plants has the capacity to produce 25,000 m3/day of desalinated potable water from primary sea water. The barges are fully integrated and functionally independent as they contain all the necessary desalination plant, power generators, laboratories, control rooms and employee housing on board.
The off-taker for the desalinated water is SWCC and the project’s investors are ACWA Power and Rakaa Saudi Power and Water Company.
Renewable 3 year water sales contract
Yanbu, Red Sea, Western Saudi Arabia
RAKAA Holding Company
Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)
Yanbu and Madinah Monawrah
US$ 0.11 billion
WETICO, RAKA and BEMCO
Water: 25,000 m³/day per Barge
Water: Reverse Osmosis
Diesel for onboard diesel generators