Largest desalination plant in world 75% complete

Ras Al-Khair facility costing $6.1bn to start production in 2013 Q3

An operational desalination plant
An operational desalination plant

A $6.1bn (SAR 23bn) project to build the largest desalination plant in the world in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia, is currently 75% complete, according to the project’s developer – The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC).

The plant, with a capacity of over 1,000,000 m³ of desalinated water and 2,400 MW of electricity, is set to start production in Q3 of 2013.

“The project has been completed 75% so far and will start production in the third quarter of this year. Electricity production will start in the third quarter and water production at the end of the year,” Al-Ibrahim, governor of SWCC, told Arab News at a press conference.

Al-Ibrahim said there would be electricity production of up to 416MW at the beginning of the third quarter of this year and 830MW by the end of the year. Water production will begin from the reverse osmosis unit by the end of this year, with a supply of 150,000m³.

The Ras Al-Khair plant will supply Maaden factories with 25,000m³ of desalinated water and 1,350MW of electricity, while also supplying Riyadh and the central region cities with 900,000 m³ of desalinated water.

Cities north of the Eastern Province, including Al-Nuairiya, Hafr Al-Baten, Al-Qarya, Al-Olaya, Al-Saeera and Al-Qasuma, will be provided with 100,000 m³ of desalinated water from the plant by 2014, with SEC (Saudi Electricity Company) also receiving 1,050MW of electricity.

The SWCC governor also revealed plans to redevelop obsolete stations by introducing modern technology that will reduce fuel consumption and produce large quantities of water.

“Jeddah 2 is an example of this. It has been renovated to produce between 40,000 and 240,000m³,” he said.

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