Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has set a target of increasing desalinated water production by 2 million cubic meter by the end of this year, according to SWCC head Abdel-Rahman al Ibrahim.
It will achieve this by building four desalination plants – the Ras al Kheir, Rabegh, Yanbu 3, and Jeddah 3 facilities.
“This will increase the daily production from the current 5 million cubic meters to 7 million cubic meters by the end of this year,” al Ibrahim said.
The SWCC will supply Hafr al Batin governorate with additional desalinated water from the Ras al Kheir plant, which will produce around 1 million cubic meters per day.
“The corporation is currently studying construction of new plants in al Khobar and al Jubail,” he added.
The Jeddah 3 Desalination Plant will start production in two months. It will increase total production by 240,000 cubic meters a day.
In addition, he said, “we [SWCC] aim at cutting nitrogen and dioxide emissions from desalination plants by launching an $80 million USD project meant to protect the environment.”
The Ministry of Water and Electricity wants half of the country’s desalinated water and power supply to come from renewable and nuclear energy. To this end, it is investing in solar-powered technologies for use in new desalination facilities.
Currently, Saudi Arabia has 36 desalination plants on the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea that are powered mainly by oil and natural gas.