Saudi Arabia Produces 20% of Global Desalinated Water
According to the Deputy Minister of environment, water, and agriculture, Saudi Arabia produces around 20% of the world’s desalinated water, with 9 million cubic meters produced daily.
While speaking at the Future of Desalination International Conference in Riyadh on September 12, Mansour Al-Mushaiti added that Saudi Arabia has desalinated seawater since the 1950s.
The Deputy Minister pointed out that the Kingdom now has reliable access to drinking water, of which 60% is desalinated.
Already in 2002 the Kingdom created the Independent Water Power Producers and an official framework for private sector participation.
Saudi Arabia has also taken major steps toward improving the desalination sector's efficiency, reliability and sustainability.
The Country has also launched Shuaibah Independent Water & Power Project, which is the first IWPP in the Kingdom to utilize the Flue Gas Desulphurization technology along with a low NOx burner and Electrostatic Precipitator.
During the conference, the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corp. signed a cooperation agreement with Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research to localize and enhance cooperation in the desalination industry.
Hosted by Saudi Arabia from September 11-13 in Riyadh, the Future of Desalination International Conference aims to discuss opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in the desalination sector.