Ayesa grows in the Middle East with a new contract to design a desalination plant in Jizan

Ayesa has achieved a new contract for the preliminary design of a large desalination plant in Jizan (Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia) of reverse osmosis. This is the twelfth desalination infrastructure in which the Spanish multinational will participate in the Middle East.

The Spanish engineering company has been working since 2013 in projects of this kind in the Middle East, mainly in Saudi Arabia, but also in Kuwait and Oman. As part of the geographic diversification strategy, it was implemented in Arabia, where it is currently also participating in transport infrastructure and architecture projects. In this sense, it stands out as a construction engineering company of the metro in Riyadh, executed by a consortium led by FCC.

Thanks to this and the technical experience accumulated in large desalination projects, Ayesa has become one of the main engineering suppliers of the water sector’s leading agencies, such as SWCC (Saline Water Conversion Corporation) and WEC (Water Electricity Company). The latter is the corporation in charge of tendering projects in collaboration with the private sector. The first plant to be made within the privatization program is Rabigh 3, which was originally designed by Ayesa.


Saudi Arabia is a world leader in desalination and, like most countries in the region, has made a strong commitment to this technology to meet its water needs. In this sense, 2018 has been a very dynamic exercise and the trend is expected to continue in 2019, in an environment of public-private collaboration.

Ayesa has a large multidisciplinary team, both in Spain and Saudi Arabia, which allows it to undertake large projects of this type, both desalination and transport infrastructure.

“Desalination will continue to dominate a major role in the coming years and Ayesa’s experience in major projects, from the earliest stages to the implementation, it is a guarantee for our customers,” says Adam Tilling, director of Water and Environment Division at Ayesa, who also highlights the company’s trajectory in this country and its knowledge of the market.