King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) has signed a contract with Metito Saudi (Metito) for the design and construction of a solar powered seawater desalination plant worth SAR220.4m ($58.75m).
The seawater treatment and desalination plant will begin operations with a capacity to produce 30,000m3 of drinking water per day, expandable to 60,000m3 per day.
The project is set to be completed in 24 months.
The new plant represents the second desalination plant in KAEC and is being established to meet the requirements of new projects and the drinking water needs of growing population in the city, especially with the pilot operation of Al Haramain Express train.
The new desalination plant is expected to start production in the first quarter of 2020.
It will be powered by electricity generated from the solar power plant, in line with the vision of the Kingdom Vision 2030.
KAEC deputy CEO Ahmed bin Ibrahim Linjawy said: “This is vital to KAEC’s water security and is consistent with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 for sustainable conservation of natural resources, water and clean energy use.
“The plant will also establish greater confidence between investors and the city, which continues to implement major projects to develop its infrastructure in all its different sectors, and will attract more investors to invest and gain a footing in KAEC knowing their water needs for industrial and commercial use is sustainably secured.”
Metito chairman and CEO Mutaz Ghandour said: “King Abdullah Economic City’s investments in infrastructural projects that rely on sustainable resources such as desalinated water and solar energy mark another unique proposition for this iconic establishment and a clear reflection of a progressive and exemplar vision.
“Developing secure and sustainable water sources is critical to developing successful economic systems and ecosystems and to the establishing a broad range of enterprises such as hotels, food industries, pharmaceuticals, and construction, which will now have bigger appetite to invest in the city.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has great potential and we expect that development will take a faster pace with the continuous investment in infrastructure which requires significant capital and synergistic partnerships with all relevant stakeholders.”