ACCIONA built Al Khobar 1 desal plant marks first water production

Touted as one of the largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia, Al Khobar 1 will be completed before end of 2020

Al-Khobar 1 will be one of the largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Khobar 1 will be one of the largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia.

Bolsa De Madrid-listed ACCIONA that develops and manages sustainable infrastructure solutions has achieved a major milestone in the construction of the Al-Khobar 1 desalination plant on the east coast of Saudi Arabia, with the plant having produced first cubic metre of water.

Based on the seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) technology, the plant is a critical project in the modernisation of the water sector. The project is being developed by the kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC).

ACCIONA is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for Al Khobar 1, which is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Upon completion the desalination plant will produce 210,000m3 of potable water per day, enough to serve a population of 350,000 people.

Talking about the project, project director at ACCIONA, Ignacio Lobo Gutiérrez, said: “This milestone is the result of good teamwork between the client, our engineers and the construction teams. Now that we are entering the final stage of construction, we will undertake a number of trials and tests to make sure everything works perfectly.”

Meanwhile, ACCIONA Middle East managing director, Jesús Sancho, said: “We are also proud of another milestone – reaching five million man-hours without lost-time injuries – which exemplifies ACCIONA’s dedication the health and wellbeing of our employees and our partners, and our commitment to our client and to the local authorities.”

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