First unit of Saudi Arabia's Yanbu desalination plant launched
The remaining two units are being manufactured in the Kingdom by using foreign technology transfer
The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) launched on Monday the first unit of the third phase of the Yanbu desalination plant, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The unit, which has a daily productive capacity of 94,360 cubic meters, is first of the six units of the plant.
Muhammad Al-Thubaiti, director general of SWCC for the western coast, said that this is one of the largest desalination units in the world. Four of these units have been manufactured at leading global desalination equipment manufacturing plants. SWCC will take delivery of the second unit in July and two other units in November.
The remaining two units are being manufactured in the Kingdom by using foreign technology transfer.
Al-Thubaiti said that a special port has been set up to receive giant tanker ships carrying the units made in Vietnam. He said the third phase of the plant is estimated to cost SR3.8 billion. The plant would have the export capacity of 550,000 cubic meters of water daily and 2500 megawatts of electricity.