AES Arabia awarded Saudi desalination project

KAUSTAES Arabia has worked with KAUST in other water projects. (Image source: Kaust)AES Arabia has won a US$14 million contract to build a dedicated SWRO (seawater reverse osmosis) plant for King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) Research Park

Under the contract, AES will be responsible for the design, manufacture, construction and commissioning of the plant, which will be able to produce up to 2,752 GPM (gallons per minute) of freshwater.

China National Chemical Engineering Company (CNCEC) is the contractor for the project and is under the management of Saudi Aramco.

Seawater for the facility will be taken from a deep open intake, and will be subject to extensive pre-treatment before being pumped to the desalination plant. The desalted water will then be further treated to remove boron and then re-mineralised to meet WHO water standards.

AES Arabia has worked with KAUST in the past, having completed an 8,000 CMD MBR (cubic metres per day membrane bio reactor) sewage treatment plant, and participated in the construction of KAUST’s 52,000 CMD SWRO facility.

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