Saudi to increase desalinated water production

Saudi_water_1Saudi's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) plans to nearly double desalinated water production to almost six million cubic metres per day by the end of 2015, according to an official.

SWCC currently produces 3.3 million cubic metres per day of desalinated water, supplying more than half of the kingdom's needs, Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Ibrahim, SWCC Governor, was reported by Reuters as saying.

Demand increasing

Water consumption in the kingdom is already almost double the per capita global average and it is increasing at an even faster rate with the rapid population expansion and industrial development.

Demand for desalinated water, rising by around 14.5 per cent, is seen reaching 5.7 million cubic metres per day by 2014, Al Ibrahim said.

To quadruple investments

SWCC plans to quadruple its investments in 20 years from a 2012 budget of US$4.1 billion in capital investments, he added.

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