New Saudi desalinizing project underway

Published June 21st, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Jubeil Industrial Estate Authority has recently begun construction of a new water desalinizing and electrical power facility.  


The 750 million Saudi riyal ($200 million) station is to designed to produce 50,000 cubic meters of water and 80 megawatts of electrical power per day, according to Al-Jazirah daily. Construction of the project is expected to last 140 weeks. 


The technology for the desalinizing process is to be provided by the French Sidem Company. General Electric was contracted to provide GAS Turbing electricity generators.  


The process of desalination 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. 24 desalination plants currently exist on 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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