Saudi utility to build water plant at Rabigh

Desalination plant will have capacity of 600,000 cubic meters per day by 2018

(Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

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Saudi Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC) plans to build a new water desalination plant in Rabigh, on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, state media reported on Monday.

The plant will have a capacity of 600,000 cubic meters per day of desalinated water and is in the state utility's budget for this year, SPA reported without providing a cost for the project due to be completed in 2018.

SWCC has said it plans to nearly double energy-intensive desalinated water production to almost 6m cubic metres per day by the end of 2015 as water consumption in the desert kingdom is increasing rapidly.

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