GCC countries produce approximately 40 percent of the total global water desalination and have the highest desalination capacity worldwide at 81 percent.
According to a report by Ventures OnSite, a construction data provider, Saudi Arabia is responsible for about one-fifth of global production and leads the world in the volume of desalinated water it produces which makes up 50 percent of its water consumed.
The kingdom is the largest desalination market in the world producing around 4 million cubic meters of desalinated water per day, the data showed, while close to $80 billion is expected to be invested in new projects over the next 10 years in Saudi Arabia.
The UAE is developing key desalination projects. The Taweelah plant in Abu Dhabi is expected to have a capacity of 909,200 cubic meters of water per day and will open in Q4 2022.
The Jebel Ali plant complex, with a capacity of 150,000 cubic meters of water per day will open in Q2 2020, while Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is building by 2022 a desalination project with a daily 60 million imperial gallons (MIGD) capacity.
Oman’s desalination market has been expanding by 5 percent per year, the report said.
It has nine large desalination plants and 47 small ones, all of which supply about 86 percent of the Oman’s potable water.
The second edition of the MENA Desalination Projects Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi on 10 and 11 March 2020.
(Writing by Gerard Aoun; editing by Seban Scaria)
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