Saudi Arabia will commit $46mn for the annual purchase of desalinated water from mobile plants.
This follows a decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to address rising water demand.
The annual allocation will help increase the supply of desalinated water until the completion of Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) projects under construction, said Saudi Arabia’s minister of environment, water and agriculture and SWCC Chairman Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli.
He said these mobile plants will be used to increase water supply in some regions of the Kingdom.
Initially these mobile desalination plants will operate in Jazan and Asir regions, Al-Fadli said, adding that these will later be moved to other regions.
The mobile plants use reverse osmosis (RO) technology that also provides electricity.
SWCC will invite companies to submit their bids and then to choose the best.