With water treatment projects gaining momentum in the Middle East, Foster Wheeler AG has been awarded a design contract for the expansion of a wastewater treatment plant in Saudi Arabia.

The company announced last week that its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a process design contract by SETE Energy Saudia for Industrial Projects Ltd. (SETE Energy) for the expansion of an industrial wastewater treatment plant in Saudi Arabia.

The plant is owned by the Power & Water Utility Company for Jubail & Yanbu (MARAFIQ), the authority responsible for providing power generation, water supply and treatment utilities for the industrial complexes of Jubail and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.

SETE Energy, the water treatment utilities developer and part of the Latsis Group, is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for this project.

Foster Wheeler will undertake the process design and provide technical assistance during pre-commissioning, commissioning and start-up phases. After the expansion, which is expected to be complete by the end of 2011, the plant will be able to treat 55,000 cubic meters per day of wastewater.

Foster Wheeler’s Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries.