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The Saudi Arabian Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Company announced on Friday that it had commenced its desalination operations. The plant is currently producing 212,000 cubic meters of desalinated water per day, in line with the government's objective of supplying the increasing demand for water in the southern region of the Kingdom.
In addition to the current production of 212,000 m3/day of desalinated water, the facility will also generate 850MW of electricity by the end of the year.
Construction of the project commenced on May 31, 2007. The overall project cost is US$1.9 billion and includes 16 reverse osmosis units to desalinate water and three 280MW turbine and boiler units.
The lead developer of the project is ACWA Power International. This is the fourth of its seven power projects in the Kingdom. Once completed, they will provide a total full production capacity of 2.3 million cubic meters per day and 6,200MW of electricity. The projects are spread across the eastern, western and southern regions of the kingdom.