Riyadh's water supply to grow by 50% in 2013
Ras Al-Khair desalination plant set to increase water supply to Riyadh
Saudi Arabia's Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah Al-Hussayen has stated that Ras Al-Khair’s new desalination plant will provide a 50 percent increase in Riyadh's drinking water in 2013. The new plant will increase supply from 1.6 million to 2.4 million cubic metres per day for Riyadh’s five million inhabitants.
The new plant, a combined cycle power plant with a total installed capacity of 2400 MW, will provide power for an aluminum smelting plant and also produce around a billion litres of drinking water per day. The plant, which will be the world's largest when it opens, has been scheduled to begin producing water by the first quarter of next year. Al-Hussayen also reported that the water and electricity sector has been growing annually by 7 percent.