ACCIONA produces the first cubic meter of water
21 September 2020
ACCIONA has achieved a key milestone in the construction of the Al-Khobar 1 desalination plant on the east coast of Saudi Arabia with the production of the first cubic meter of water. This is equivalent to the consumption of a four-member family for one day.
The plant, equipped with energy-efficient Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) technology, is a critical project in the modernisation of the water sector being undertaken by the kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC).
ACCIONA is the EPC contractor for Al Khobar 1, which it expects to complete before the end of the year. The desalination plant will produce 210,000 cubic meters of potable water per day, serving a population of 350,000 inhabitants. Its capacity makes it one of the largest desalination plants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
According to ACCIONA’s latest Sustainability Report, desalinated water production in the Middle East will be 13 times higher in 2040 than it was in 2014,. In a region with acute water scarcity, demand for desalinated water is being driven by climate change and population growth.