In an attempt to expand the water desalinizing and energy generating capacities of Saudi Arabia, Jubeil Industrial Estate Authority has recently begun construction of a new water desalinizing station.
The 750-million Saudi riyal ($200 million) station is expected to produce on a daily basis 50,000 cubic meters of water and 80 megawatts of electrical power, according to Al-Jazirah daily.
Desalinizing technology is to be provided by the French Sidem Company, while General Electric was contracted to provide “GAS Turbing” electricity generators. Construction of the project is expected to last 140 weeks.
The desalination process is crucial in Saudi Arabia, where insufficient rainfall and a low supply of ground water have forced the nation to turn to alternative water sources.
There are currently 24 desalination plants in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea coast of the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is considered the largest producer of desalinated water in the world, accounting for 30 percent of worldwide production. Daily output of the purified water stands at more than 520 million gallons. –(MENA Report)
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