|21 July, 2019

ACWA Power opens world’s fastest implemented water desalination plant in Makkah

The commercial operation of the plant started in May 2019

Image used for illustrative purpose. Detail of Filtering System in Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Plant

Image used for illustrative purpose. Detail of Filtering System in Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Plant

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Riyadh – ACWA Power, the Saudi-based developer, investor, co-owner and operator of a portfolio of power generation, has inaugurated the Shuaibah Expansion two of Independent Water Plant (IWP), the world’s fastest implemented water desalination plant in Makkah.

The commercial operation of the plant started in May 2019, ahead of the scheduled date, according to ACWA Power’s recent statement.

The second expansion will help meet the growing water needs of the overall western region in the Kingdom through the production of 250,000 cubic metres of water per day.

"Stemming from our continued commitment to meet the power and water desalination needs of Saudi Arabia, we are extremely proud to maximise local content reaching 100% of operations led by Saudi teams," Mohammad Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power, commented.

He added that the move comes in line with the company’s mission to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

We are proud that the plant was completed safely, which reflects our safety standards and corroborates the fact that our people and their safety always come first” Abunayyan said.

It is worth noting that ACWA Power owns and operates Shuaibah IWPP, the first IWPP developed following the Saudi government’s decision to open the market to private investment, which generates 900 MW of power and 880,000 cubic metres a day.

Source: Mubasher

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