Utilities Middle East
KSA launches first large scale desalination plant to be 100% powered by renewable energy
The plant will entirely operate on power produced from solar and wind energy
The Red Sea Development Company has launched the first desalination plant that will entirely depend rely on renewable energy to produce fresh water.
The plant, built by the Red Sea Development Company, the developer of a mega-tourism project on Saudi Arabia’s western coast, in collaboration with renewable drinking water specialists, Source Global, will be the largest of its kind in the world.
It will entirely operate on power produced from solar and wind energy.
The plant has a planned capacity of two million bottles of water a year and will begin production with 300,000 bottles annually in the next few years, according to Ahmed Ghazi Darwish, chief of staff at Red Sea Development.
Mr Darwish said at least one-third of jobs at the plant would be reserved for Saudi citizens, who will be trained on-site.
According to the company’s website, the plant will produce water using “hydro panel” solar technology, which draws water vapour out of the air and converts it to drinking water.
Mr Darwish said the performance of the panels would be monitored through a smart application that will show the volume of water produced, the environmental impact of the panels and issue maintenance alerts.
The desalination technology sourced from Saudi companies.
Saudi Arabia has been leading the world in desalination technology, boasting some of the largest plants in operation.
The Al Jubeil plant, north of Dammam on the Arabian Gulf coast, produces 1.4 million cubic metres per day.
Red Sea Development secured $3.76bn in funding for the project through the first locally-denominated Green Financing credit facility.