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Water Desalination projects in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, 19 February 2001
The Saline Water Conversion Corporation has announced that, in 1419/1420 AH, there were 27 desalination stations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, producing 775 million cubic meters of desalinated water, providing more that 70 per cent of the required drinking water.

Meanwhile, the electricity generation capacity of the desalination stations reached 22.3 million megawatts during the same period, which is approximately equivalent to 21 per cent of all electricity generated in the Kingdom.

The report traced the beginning of the desalination process in the Kingdom to 1348AH, during the era of the late King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud.

A Royal Decree in 1394AH established the Corporation, which has continued to its development. During the last two decades, production of desalinated water has increased more than one hundred times, while electricity production has increased more than eight times.

The desalination stations include: the station at al-Jubail, considered the largest desalination station in the world, Jeddah's station complex, and stations in Makkah, Taif, Madinah, Yanbu, Shaqeeq and al-Khobar.

The Corporation has set up a pipeline network, with a total length of more 2000 kilometers, for transportation of desalinated water to various regions and has set up 108 reservoirs, with a capacity of more than 6 million cubic meters. The reports issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water expected that, in the next few years, following the completion of projects currently under implementation, the productive capacity of desalinated water would increase to more than 800 million gallons of water per day, in addition to more than 5000 megawatts of electricity.

In recognition of its great achievements, the International Desalination Association (IDA) awarded the Corporation a prize in 1999.

Source: SPA

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