8. Solar-powered desal plant

King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) is set to house a desalination plant that will open in 2020. 

This March, KAEC and Metito broke ground on the solar-powered seawater desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. KAEC signed a contract, valued at $59m (SAR220m), with Metito in February 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 in place to start production in Q1 2020. Ibrahim Linjawy, deputy group chief executive officer (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, Saudi Gazette reported.