With the utility market boom in 2010, the need for a regional company to lead the water and energy services sector in Saudi Arabia became essential. As a result, just one year later, in 2011, following careful consideration by Sh. Saleh al Turki, Eng. Mahmoud Fallatah and Eng. Abdul Aziz Gabel, Nesma Water & Energy opened its doors for business, quickly evolving into a leading regional player in the utility and infrastructure sector.
A subsidiary of the Nesma Group, a privately owned Saudi Arabian company established in 1979, Nesma Water & Energy’s (NW&E) first contract was for NWC JCBU’s Water Meters House Connections project. This led to the prestigious Riyadh Water Supply Enhancement project award by NWC, with a total capacity of 65,000 cum/day, 13 borewells, and reservoirs with associated networks.
This was a challenging task, with the company contracted to complete the project in a timeframe of just six months. NW&E rose to this challenge admirably, delivering the project successfully, named the Best Global Water Summit Project for 2014 by GWI, and was well received by NWC.
NW&E also successfully operated and maintained Afif and Dawadmi total city wastewater management, which comprised 25 pumping stations, 20 borewells, and one thousand kilometers of network pipelines over an area of 230kms, 20 filling stations, and water meters for a period from 2012 to 2018. Nesma is still operating the BWRO plant in Dawadmi.
Advanced Technical Solutions
With corporate headquarters in Jeddah and branch offices in all major cities of the Kingdom, NW&E is a Class One contractor offering a full range of commercial construction, in addition to operation and maintenance services to support clients in both government and private sectors.
These services include, but are not limited to:
- Seawater desalination.
- Water distribution network and wastewater collection
- Water and wastewater treatment plants
- Storm water drainage systems
- Concrete and steel reservoirs
- Infrastructure and transmission systems
- Information and control systems
- Operation and maintenance services
- Sludge and solid waste reuse
- Build Operate Own Transfer (BOOT, BOO … etc.)
NW&E partners with international technology providers for advanced technical solutions as per its current business model, providing them with the required local infrastructure and logistics support and becoming their civil arm to execute various projects.
A Growing Footprint
NW&E has recently completed the fourth infrastructure project in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) – the IV4 project after successfully completing the IV2/IV3 /Muruj projects. This underlines the confidence that customers have in the capabilities and capacity of the company.
It has also completed its ninth year in the cities of Dawadmi and Affif, starting with the operation and maintenance of the cities and their surrounding villages in a span of 230km from 2011 to 2018, and ending in operating the BWRO treatment plant from 2018 up to now. The project is owned by NWC/MEWA. With the same client, the company has recently been awarded 90,000 cum/day STP of Tabuk O&M.
NW&E has crossed borders, too, venturing into other GCC countries. Its initial success has come from Bahrain, where it has won a contract with the Electricity and Water Authority. Apart from these, the company’s first success in PPP business has come in the water and wastewater sector at the Yanbu 4 Desalination Plant, an SWRO to serve the Madina region.
A Vast Resource Pool
NW&E has established a diversified portfolio of key technology and international partners, allowing it to respond quickly to a dynamically changing marketplace. Through its partnerships and joint ventures, NW&E today offers a full range of commercial construction and ‘operation & maintenance services to support clients in both the government and private sectors. NW&E is a mid-size subsidiary with a total workforce of less than 500 and an annual turnover in the region of 150-200 million SAR.
However, the Nesma Group employs more than 30,000 people, spread out across the entire Kingdom, with an annual turnover exceeding 10 billion SAR. This gives it a depth of resources and expertise that allow it to attract blue-chip that refuse to compromise on quality workmanship.
These clients include leading names such as SWPC, NWC, MEWA, MODON, KAEC, and EWA-Bahrain. The company has traditionally been focused on executing projects in Saudi Arabia but is now slowly expanding its operations further afield.
Moving Beyond the Pandemic
Even with the impact of Covid-19, Saudi Arabia is continuing to move forwards by announcing many IWPs, ISTPs and other infrastructure projects. Nesma, as one of the leading conglomerates in the Kingdom, is fully poised to take full participation in this ongoing growth.
According to a recent survey, it is one of largest construction companies in the Kingdom and, although the after effects of the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to impact the world for the next couple of years at least, NW&E looks at this as an opportunity to streamline its operations and continue on a growth path. The impact on the business world in the Kingdom is not so severe as elsewhere, and from the beginning 2021, the ‘curve’ has been moving upwards.
Providing ‘Peace-of-Mind’ as Standard
‘Nesma’ is a well-known and highly respected brand name in Saudi Arabia, having more than 40 companies in different segments of the market that cater to the needs of a diversified client base. Moreover, with more than four decades of experience, it has accumulated a level of expertise that provides customers with confidence and total peace of mind.
Looking to the future, the company is moving into the PPP market in the water and wastewater industry and is focused on being a leading regional player throughout the entire GCC in this sector, becoming a principal developer and EPC contractors over the next five years.
Nesma water and energy
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