Saudi Arabia has taken another step towards embracing utility scale solar desalination following a recent contract signed by King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and Metito Saudi Ltd (Metito).
Last month, KAEC awarded Metito the contract for the design and construction of a seawater desalination plant powered by solar energy and valued at $60mn.
Early this week, officials from KAEC and Metito broke ground at the solar desalination project’s site, paving the way for construction of the second solar powered desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.
Ahmed Ibrahim Linjawy, KAEC deputy group chief executive officer, and Mutaz Ghandour, Metito chairman and CEO, took part in the ceremony. They were joined by representatives from both parties and members of the project management team.
Metito is a leader in intelligent water management solutions in the emerging markets with operations covering three business areas: design and build, speciality chemicals, and utilities.
The seawater treatment and desalination plant will start with the capacity to produce 30,000 cu m of drinking water per day with the possibility to expand to 60,000 cu m per day. The development period of the project is 24 months, with a plan to start production in the first quarter of the year 2020.