Spanish company Abengoa will go into a joint venture with Saudi-based company Advanced Water Technology (AWT) to build the world’s first solar seawater desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.
The $130 million dollar project will use solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to power the main treatment facilities, which will process 60,000 cubic meters of seawater per day to provide drinking water for Al Khafji City in northeastern Saudi Arabia, the two companies said in a statement.
In addition, Al Khafji desalination plant will ensure the stable supply of drinking water, contributing to the country’s socio-economic development and supplying the local population with basic water needs.
AWT is a newly formed company based in Riyadh whose mission is to bring affordable water solutions through innovation and sustainability. It is the commercial arm of KACST (King Abdulaziz City Science and Technology) and is owned by Taqnia.
Abengoa, an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, is working on other projects in the Middle East, with wide experience within the GCC.
The company has been awarded contracts in Oman with the Barka Desalination Plant and within the energy sector in Abu Dhabi with the region largest solar plant.