Kingdom’s production of desalinated water up 3.3 percent in 2007

July 29, 2008

Saudi Arabia produced 1.06 billion cubic meters of desalinated water in FY 2007, a 3.3 percent increase over FY 2006.

In its annual report, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) said that 30 desalination plants are active in the Kingdom; six along the Arabian Gulf coast and 24 on the Red Sea coast.

Output increased 3.2 percent at the Arabian Gulf plants and 3.4 percent at the Red Sea plants in comparison with 2006. SWCC attributed the increase in volume to the overhaul of units at Jeddah and Al-Khobar plants.

In July 2008, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz approved an executive program for privatizing the SWCC.

Projects earmarked for private sector investment include the third phase of the Shuaiba plant (daily production capacity of 1.3 million cubic meters of desalinated water and 900 megawatts of electricity); the second phase of the Shuqaiq plant (daily production capacity of 212,000 cubic meters of desalinated water and 850 megawatts of electricity); and the third phase of the Jubail plant (daily production capacity of 800,000 cubic meters of desalinated water and 2, 500 megawatts of electricity).

Plans are also underway to open the third phase of plants at Yanbu to private investors.