A consortium including Samsung Engineering and Shanghai Electric have won an SR 11.3 billion deal to build a water desalination plant. 
Saline Water Conversion Corp. awarded the Yanbu III plant deal to the two firms as well as to Saudi Al-Toukhi Co. for Industry, Trading and Contracting. The plant will have a capacity of 550,000 cubic meters per day of desalinated water and a power capacity of 2,500 MW, Reuters reported.
Water consumption in the Kingdom is already almost double the per capita global averag e and increasing at an ever faster rate with the rapid expansion of population and industrial development.
SWCC has said it plans to nearly double energy-intensive desalinated water production to almost 6 million cubic meters per day by the end of 2015.