Modern desalination plants and smart technologies are two elements expected to form the core of the GCC’s approach to the fast growing demand for potable water in the region
The Al Khobar desalination plant will supply desalinated water to Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) for municipal use and to oil giant Saudi Aramco
A 10,000 m3/day demonstration plant will be constructed in Ummluji, a city on the Red Sea coast using a low pressure, multi-stage high recovery seawater RO system developed by Hitachi and low-pressure seawater RO membranes supplied by Toray
The project, estimated to be worth about $5bn, is expected to generate 1.17 million cubic metres of water per day and 3,000MW of power
The government has made privatising the water sector one of its priorities as it embarks on a drive to raise money from state assets to reduce pressure on capital spending and transform the economy away from a reliance on oil revenue.
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