Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Majed opened the world’s largest multi-effect desalination (MED) plant in Yanbu on Wednesday. He also patronized the signing of contracts for building the third phase of the Yanbu – Madinah desalination and electricity generation project. The ambitious project is estimated to cost SR16 billion, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The ceremony, held at the floating desalination plant, was also attended by Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussein, who is also chairman of the board of Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Abdul Rahman Bin Muhammad Al-Ibrahim, governor of SWCC and other senior officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Al-Ibrahim said that the third phase of the desalination plant would have the export capacity of 550,000 cubic meters of water daily and 2500 megawatts of electricity.
Of this, 1,850 megawatts will go to the Saudi Electricity Company and Marafiq Company would take advantage of the remaining 650 megawatts. Referring to the remarkable achievements made by the Kingdom in the desalination sector, he said that Saudi Arabia has become the largest producer of desalinated water in the world with a stake of 18 percent of the total global production.
Via : Saudi Gazette
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