SWCC awards $3bn desal contract
Shanghai Electric and Samsung set to build new plant
Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded a consortium that includes Samsung Engineering and China’s Shanghai Electric a US $3 billion contract to construct a new water desalination plant on the Red Sea coast.
Reuters has reported that the new facility is set to have a desalination capacity of 550,000 cubic metres per day, together with a power output of 2,500 MW. The new plant is aimed at meeting rapidly growing water consumption figures, driven up by population growth and industrial developments.
SWCC have recently been in the news after signing a commercial collaboration agreement with Dow Chemical company to work together on desalination technology research in the region. Under the agreement, the pair will work on solutions in reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration, specifically targeted at overcoming climatic conditions in the Gulf.