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ACWA Power signs strategic agreements with three Chinese entities during the second Belt and Road Forum

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April 30, 2019, 7:05 am

ACWA Power, a leading developer, owner, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants has signed strategic agreements with three renowned Chinese entities on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF). The agreements with PowerChina, China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) and Bank of China will lay the ground for collaboration in key investments and further involve Chinese expertise in manufacturing power generation and desalinated water production plants that ACWA Power develops and operates.

Commenting on the occasion, Paddy Padmanathan, President & CEO ACWA Power, said: “The sum of growing collaborations between ACWA Power and Chinese entities only solidifies the relationship of trust and companionship between us and our Chinese partners. It goes beyond merely conducting business – it is a reflection of the robust Saudi-Chinese ties that we have nurtured along the years. As a leading developer of power and water assets committed to supplying water and electricity at low costs while driving investments, it is always a pleasure to work with entities that complement our business model and continually amplify on the work we deliver. We are confident these partnerships will open new doors of collaboration on future and grander projects across the world.”

First out of three agreements took place during the Belt & Road CEO Conference. Mr. Padmanathan, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACWA Power, and Mr. WANG Lujun, Chairman of SEPCO III, signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract which grants SEPCO III Electric Power Construction Corporation, a subsidiary of PowerChina, to serve as the EPC contractor of Al Taweelah desalination plant. Located in Abu Dhabi, Al Taweelah is considered the world’s largest desalination facility capable of supplying 200 million gallons per day. The collaboration is dedicated to improving people’s access to water and promoting social development via construction and investment.

Followed by the first signing, ACWA Power entered into an agreement with China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company (CGGC Intl). Mohammed Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, signed a Cooperation Agreement with Mr. Lyu Zexiang,Chairman of CGGC Intl which outlines that CGGC was announced as the official EPC contractor in 2018 for Nam Dinh 1, a Greenfield Independent Power Project (IPP) located in Vietnam. CGGC will also assist sponsors to obtain project finance from Chinese financial institutions. Co-developed by ACWA Power and Korean Taekwang Power, the project was finalised at a total investment cost of more than US$2.4 billion with the first phase yielding a production capacity of 1,200 MW.

ACWA Power concluded its agreements with a MoU signed between Rajit Nanda, Chief Investment Officer at ACWA Power, and Mr. ZHANG Wei, the General Manager of Bank of China (Hongkong) Hochiminh City Branch. The MoU incorporates general financial service agreements for Nam Dinh 1 IPP. The Bank of China is one of the four biggest state-owned commercial banks in China and is the official leading financing bank for Nam Dinh 1 IPP.

On the 26th of April and in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mohamed Abunayyan attended the opening ceremony of BRF alongside foreign heads of state and government officials, and selected delegates from over 100 countries and international organisations.

About ACWA Power:

ACWA Power is a developer, investor and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 11 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. ACWA Power employs over 3,500 people with about 60% local employment. ACWA Power’s portfolio, with an investment value in excess of USD 45 billion, can generate 30+ GW of power and produce 4.8 million m3 /day of desalinated water to be mostly delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models.

ACWA Power, registered and head-quartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is owned by eight Saudi conglomerates, Sanabil Direct Investment Company (owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia), the Saudi Public Pensions Agency and the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group).

ACWA Power pursues a mission to reliably deliver electricity and desalinated water at a low cost, thereby contributing to the social and economic development of the communities and countries it invests in and serves.

ACWA Power strives to achieve success by adhering to the values of Safety, People and Performance in operating its business. For more info, please visit

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