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Saudi slowdown will produce less water says report

Report revises down its forecast on Saudi Arabia's water production

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Saudi's water production slows, according to report. (Getty Images)
Saudi's water production slows, according to report. (Getty Images)

Faced with rising demands for water in Saudi Arabia, experts are anticipating that desalination capacity in the nation will rise to 1.294bn cubic metres by 2014 in an effort to meet rising demands for water.

With some 30 desalination plants already built by the Saudi government, they are already struggling to keep pace with demand, says a market report by Business Monitor, and as a result of booming population and progress setbacks, the report’s forecasts have been revised down by 72 million cubic feet per year.

The report also states that Saudi Arabia, which is the third largest consumer of water in the world, has seen a slow in progress on key desalination schemes, including the major new Ras al-Zour plant - a reverse osmosis and thermal hybrid desalination plant with a capacity of 226 million gallons a day.

The scheme was awarded to South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction last year in a $1.5 billion deal, and forms part of the nation’s commitment in 2002 to spend $6 billion a year strengthening its water sector over the next 20 years.
 

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