King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and Metito have broken ground on a solar-powered seawater desalination plant in KAEC, Saudi Arabia. 

Ibrahim Linjawy, deputy group CEO of KAEC ,and Mutaz Ghandour, chairman and CEO of Metito, laid the foundation stone for the seawater desalination plant.

They were joined by representatives from both parties and members of the project management team.

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KAEC signed a contract, valued at $59m (SAR220m), with Metito last month for the design and construction of the desalination plant.

The seawater treatment and desalination plant will have an initial daily production capacity of 30,000m3 of drinking water, which can later on be raised to 60,000m3.

The development period of the project is 24 months, with a plan to start production in Q1 2020, Saudi Gazette reported.