This is part of the US$430 million Shoaiba-4 Seawater Reserve Osmosis (SWRO) desalination project, inked between Doosan Vina and Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Co. (SWCC). Under the deal, Doosan Vina and Doosan’s subsidiaries will produce some 1,727 tonnes of desalination equipment for the project.
The first batch with 566 tonnes of equipment is expected to dock at Saudi Arabia in the next three weeks. The following three shipments are scheduled for August, September, and December.
The Shoaiba-4 project will meet the potable water requirements of Saudi Arabia’s second largest city, Jaddah, with a population of 5 million people. Once the Shoaiba-4 water plant becomes operational, it will produce 400,000 cubic metres of fresh water per day, or 146 billion litres of drinking water per year, which is equivalent to 58,400 Olympic swimming pools.
The four phases of the desalination facility will have a combined capacity of over 400 trillion litres of water per year.
Shoaiba-4 is the first of many major WWRO desalination projects to be built in Saudi Arabia following the reorganisation of the country’s water sector in 2016.