Saudi Arabia and Japan to establish the largest reverse osmosis water project in the Middle East


Saudi Arabia and Japan are working on a joint project to build an integrated reverse osmosis membrane desalination plant.

At a press conference in Riyadh on Saturday, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation signed a contract to establish the first plant in the Middle East and the second of its kind outside Japan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The event took place under the patronage of Eng. Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

Construction of the plant will take place entirely in the Kingdom, carried out by a Saudi-Japanese team in partnership with the Local Content and Government Procurement Authority and the Government Expenditure and Projects Efficiency Authority.

The project aims to enhance the Kingdom’s leadership potential and adopt and maximize the use of its engineering capabilities in the desalination industry, by providing innovative solutions that make water sources sustainable, environmentally friendly. environment and very energy efficient.

The plant will be established and implemented according to the highest standards and the latest technologies in this field.

The project also aims to cover the high and growing demand of the promising industry locally and globally, with an estimated demand volume of 690 million riyals ($184 million) in Saudi Arabia by 2025, in addition to reduce the cost rate by approximately 14 percent and energy consumption by 4 percent.

Eng. Abdullah Al-Abdul Karim, Governor of SWCC, pointed out that the location of promising industries in the field of saltwater desalination is an extension of overall national economic development, in line with Vision 2030 and the objectives of the national strategy for industry.

He added that the environment-friendly reverse osmosis membrane industry was one of the most important options for the desalination industry in the world, adding that the demand for this technology was growing at an annual rate of 6% locally and 7% in the Gulf.

Al-Abdul Karim said the project meets aspirations to raise efficiency standards, reduce energy consumption and enhance water security.

“These industries will soon create abundant and attractive investment opportunities that support local content, with local production inputs exceeding 70%. The export percentage of the entire production of the membrane plant is expected to exceed 30%, which strengthens the country’s position as a vital base for advanced industries with its opportunities and promising markets. “, he underlined.

The SWCC works to localize the desalination industry as part of efforts to promote and strengthen local employment initiatives through the creation of new industries.


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