Jubail water pipeline failure cuts output
Riyadh water supplies reportedly affected
The principle supply line for the cooling and power units at Saudi Arabia’s Jubail desalination plant has reportedly been damaged, substantially affecting the water output at the Kingdom’s largest plant. Arab News has reported that supplies of desalinated water have been cut in half after the incident.
The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has said that it was working to reduce the shortage to 20% by pumping from emergency water supplies and the Jubail plant’s own tanks. Around 800,000 cubic metres of daily water supply to Riyadh should be restored in this way, whilst workers are already onsite to repair the damaged pipeline.
The Jubail plant has a power generation capacity of 2,745 MW and a desalination output of 800,000 cubic metres per day, making it the biggest water and power facility on the planet.
Normal production is anticipated to be restored this week.