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Saudi invests $530m to build nine desalination plants

Saudi Arabia plans to build nine desalination plants for more than $530m (SR2bn) on the Red Sea coast

Desalination plant.
Desalination plant.

Saudi Arabia plans to build nine desalination plants for more than $530m (SAR2bn) on the Red Sea coast, a senior official has said.

Expected to have a capacity of 240,000 cubic metres, the plants will be completed in less than 18 months, according to environment minister Abdulrahman al-Fadhli, reported Arabian Business.

The project, which the minister said was ordered by King Salman in a royal decree, will help government-owned Saudi Saline Water Conversion Corp (SWCC) raise production efficiency and cut operating and capital costs, Fadhli added.

Details for funding have yet to be disclosed.

READ: Saudi Arabia signs $2.4bn contracts for Makkah water projects

In December 2017, Saudi Arabia’s government signed deals worth more than $2.4bn (SAR9bn) to build water infrastructure for the Makkah region.

Additionally, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) signed several contracts last year aimed at increasing water supply to some governorates in the Makkah region, as well as to ensure supply to areas without water.

These projects include the construction of Phase 4 of a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant at Shoaiba in Jeddah, the transfer of technology and the purchase of produced water at the Shoaiba power and desalination plant, and the Shoaiba-Mina water transfer system.

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