Spanish infrastructure company Acciona announced on Tuesday that its Al Khobar 2 desalination plant project in Saudi Arabia is entering the final testing and commissioning phases.

The company said in a statement that the plant, which uses reverse osmosis (RO) technology, achieved its full capacity of 630,000 cubic metres per day (m3/day) during the final testing phase.

Javier Nieto, Acciona’s KSA Country Director for the water business, said: “This milestone is the result of good teamwork between the client, our engineers and the construction teams. Now that we are entering the final testing and commissioning stages, we will undertake several tests to make sure everything works perfectly.”

The plant, which is already supplying Khobar’s water network, is the largest RO desalination plant built by Acciona worldwide, and one of the largest to be built in the Kingdom.

Acciona and its partner RTCC was awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the plant in 2020.

The Company currently has five very large RO desalination plants under construction in Saudi Arabia. They include Al Khobar 1 & 2, with production capacities of 200 and 630 million of litres per day respectively; Shuqaiq 3 & 4, with 450 million and 400 million litres per day; and Jubail 3B with a capacity of 570 million litres per day.

(Writing by Senthil Palanisamy; Editing by Anoop Menon)