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SWCC annual report details future projects

Desalination authority issues review of current facilities

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Saudi Arabia's Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Bin Abdurrahman Al Hussayen, who is also chairman of SWCC. Courtesy of AFP/Getty.
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Bin Abdurrahman Al Hussayen, who is also chairman of SWCC. Courtesy of AFP/Getty.

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has provided a review of its current and future projects in its 2008 annual report, which includes details of three expansions to existing desalination plants around the country.

Saudi Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Bin Abdurrahman Al Hussayen, who is also the chairman of SWCC, announced in the report that three more seawater desalination projects were planned for Duba 4, Haql 3 and Rabigh 2. Each MED plant will be able to produce 9,000 cubic metres of water daily.

The Saudi agency said it was hoping to offer these out for public tender during the course of 2009.

SWCC also said that it was in the process of implementing desal projects in Jeddah, Alwajh, Rabigh, Al Leith, Al Qunfudah, Umluj and Farasan. The total capacity of these plants is 303,000 cubic metres of potable water daily.

Details on the company’s Ras Al Zour and Yanbu megaprojects are available here.

SWCC is also working on four pipeline projects: Shuaiba to Makkah; Shuqaiq to Asir and Jizan; Jubail to cities in the Eastern Province; and Ras Al Zour to Riyadh. These projects will cost a total of US$4.8 billion.

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