Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and Deputy Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussain announced yesterday that Saudi Arabia, already the world's largest producer of desalinated water, plans to construct in the near future six more desalination plants, taking the total to 36. The six new plants are to be set up in Farsan, Qunfudha, Al-Laith, Rabiq, Al-Wajea and Al-Umlaj. The largest desalination plant in the Kingdom is at Al-Shuaiba, whose current production capacity of 24.6 million cubic meters will rise to 150 million cubic meters in its second phase.
The announcement was made at the inauguration of SWCC’s two-day forum on water treatment technology. A large number of joint venture companies as well as Saudi firms are participating in the show, which features locally manufactured spare parts required by the desalination and water treatment industries.