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The new water company's transmission network will span more than 8,400 kilometres. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: The privatisation programme in Saudi Arabia's utility sector has taken a significant step, with the launch of the Water Transmission and Technologies Co..

This company will manage and maintain water transmission, distribution and storage systems that span over more than 8,400 kilometres and transmit more than 7 million cubic metres a day of desalinated water in the Kingdom. The new company – fully owned by the government – will help "maximize the use of assets and achieve greater spending efficiency, while also decreasing supply chain costs".

The sector is expected to attract more than 60 billion riyals in investments in water transmission and strategic storage systems, much of which will be done through private sector participation.

It was the Supervisory Committee for the Privatization of the Environment, Water, and Agriculture Sector that set up the new entity.

3,500 kilometres

The number of transmission lines that will be laid by newly-created Water Transmission and Technologies Co. These lines will distribute more than 4 million cubic metres a day of desalinated water