By Beatrice Thomas
$7.2bn project has daily production capacity of 1.025m cubic metres of desalinated water and 2,600 MW of electricity
Saudi Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al Hussayen has commissioned the first phase of world’s largest desalination project, it was reported.
The plant, located in the Ras Al Khair Industrial City, 75km north-west of Jubail, is expected to generate 15,000 jobs.
Al Hussayen, who is also chairman of the SWCC board, said the SR27bn ($7.2bn) project has a daily production capacity of 1.025 million cubic metres of desalinated water and 2,600MW of electricity.
“The plant will supply 1,350MW of electricity to Maaden, and 1,050MW to Saudi Electricity Co, in addition to 200MW to be used within the plant,” he said.
A total of 800,000 cubic meters of water will be supplied to Riyadh city while another 100,000 cubic meters to Al Washm, Sudair, Majma, Al Zulfi and Al Ghat regions, the Gazette reported.
Also, a total of 100,000 cubic meters will be supplied to the regions located north of the Eastern Province, including Hafar Al Batin, Qaisoomah, and Qaryat Al Olya.