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Solar desal plant for Saudi by 2013

World's largest solar desalination plant to supply 100,000

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Saudi will have a solar desalination facility by 2013. (Getty Images)
Saudi will have a solar desalination facility by 2013. (Getty Images)

Following an announcement a year ago that Saudi Arabia was to build its first solar-powered seawater desalination plant, Mohammed Alsuwaiyel, president of King Abdullah City for Science and Technology, has announced it will be up and running by 2013.

Planned to be built near Saudi’s border with Kuwait, the al-Khafij plant will be the largest of its kind in the world, producing 30,000 cubic metres of water 100,000 people in the region.

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