Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Finds Way Out of Deficits in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

Hit hard by the Korean government’s ill-advised nuclear phase-out policy, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) has been desperate to make a turnaround. The company announced on April 28 that it managed to turn a profit in the first quarter on a rebound in overseas sales.

DHIC posted 4,004.7 trillion won in sales, 372.1 billion won in operating profit and 248.1 billion won in net profit in the first quarter on a consolidated basis.

Its sales rose slightly on year while operating profit and net profit soared by 315.6 billion won and 619.5 billion won, respectively.


ACWA Power inaugurates KSA’s first utility-scale renewable energy project – Saudi Arabia

The inauguration of Sakaka PV IPP marks a pivotal moment in the continued energy diversification and development plans of Saudi Arabia.

The project was awarded to an ACWA Power-led consortium at a world record tariff, at the time, of 8.781 halalas/kWh in 2018, which has paved the way for subsequent projects of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) to lower the cost of clean solar electricity in the Kingdom.

Al Gihaz Holding, a major Saudi contractor and investor, owns a 30% stake in the Sakaka Solar Energy Company (SSEC), alongside ACWA Power’s 70% stake, and was instrumental in both the investment, engineering, procurement, and construction of the project.


Financial close reached for Saudi Arabia’s Yanbu-4 IWP – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), as part of an alliance with a consortium comprised of France-headquartered ENGIE (40%) and Saudi based Nesma (30%) and Mowah (30%), recently achieved financial closure for the Yanbu-4 independent water producer (IWP) plant.

The Yanbu-4 IWP plant is the first renewable integrated, seawater reverse osmosis project in the Kingdom that includes storage facilities for two operational days.

The consortium, led by one of the world’s leading low-carbon energy and service solution providers, ENGIE, was awarded the Yanbu-4 project in February 2020 after submitting a successful bid with tariff of SAR 1.7446 halalas per cubic meter of produced water.


SWCC sets Guinness record for lowest energy consumption in water desalination – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has been recognised by Guinness World Records™ for the lowest energy consumption for a water desalination plant, with 2.27kW/h consumed per cubic metre of desalinated water.

A statement from SWCC and Guinness World Records said the title further strengthens utility’s “global standing as a leader in the desalination industry”, as it “moves forward to accomplish the objectives of the Kingdom’s long-term Vision 2030 strategy by utilising local content and expertise in all its current and future expansion projects”.

SWCC said it has been investing in engineering and research expertise to supply high-efficiency, low-energy-consuming and flexible desalination plants.


Saudi desalination company wins Guinness World Record in line with Vision 2030 – Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Arabian company has won the Guiness World Record for having the lowest energy consumption of a water desalination plant.

The Saudi Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) set the record by using reverse osmosis technology, which uses pressure to force water through a membrane, effectively filtering out the salt without having to heat up the water.

Advances in technology in the last two decades, including new membranes that require less water pressure, have led to a more widespread use of reverse osmosis in desalination.


Saudi’s SWCC sets Guinness World Record for lowest energy-consuming desal plant – Saudi Arabia

SWCC’s new desalination plant operates at 2.27 kilowatt hours (kWh) per cubic meter of desalinated water.

The plant comprises a mobile seawater intake system that operates with the latest ERD energy recovery technology and highly energy efficient pumps.

In addition, the new desalination plant operates with an environmentally friendly reverse osmosis technology that has been implemented based on the latest international specifications and standards, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.


California looks to Saudi Arabia for desalination expertise – California

As water shortages become a reality across the globe, authorities in drought-prone areas are looking to Saudi Arabia’s desalination industry for inspiration.

The Kingdom produces more desalinated water than any other nation, with 27 plants transforming sea brine into five million cubic meters of fresh water a day. The industry has grown rapidly in recent years.

In January, the Kingdom announced plans to invest more than $500 million (SR1.874 billion) to build nine plants in Jeddah.


Project Profile: Al Khobar 1 SWRO desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has a population of 33.4 million people and is the world’s third-largest per capita consumer of water, behind the United States and Canada.

As part of its Vision 2030 programme, the Kingdom has introduced measures to rationalise water consumption, intending to achieve 24% reduction in consumption by 2021, and 43% by the end of this decade.

The average availability of water worldwide is 7453 cubic metres per capita per year, while in the Middle East this figure falls to 736 cubic metres, according to an AQUASTAT report.


Saudi Aramco’s Global-Scale Groundwater Conservation – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company Saudi Aramco said that water reservoirs far from the Gulf previously required significant quantities of non-potable groundwater for injection to help produce oil. In 1979, the company created a Sea Water Injection Department (SWID) to replace most withdrawals from this source.

Since then, the department has been conducting annual projects to avoid consuming non-potable groundwater while reducing energy consumption and cutting GHG emissions.

Saudi Aramco founded SWID by commissioning the Qurayyah Sea Water Plant (QSWP) and an associated pipeline network. The company gradually replaced the requirement for non-potable groundwater with a series of expansions to the plant from 5.5 million barrels per day (MMBD) in 1978 to 7.0 MMBD in 1994 to 9.5 MMBD in 2005 and then to 14 MMBD in 2008. QSWP, however, consumes groundwater for utility and potable uses to avoid energy consumption for desalination as well as GHG emissions.


Drones play “huge role” in planning, analysis of construction programme – Saudi Arabia

ACCIONA, a Spanish multinational conglomerate that develops and manages infrastructure and renewable energy projects, has embraced the digital twin technology, building information modeling (BIM), and drones for its desalination, tunnelling, mining, and metro projects.

Talking to Construction Week about how digitisation has changed the game for the company, Jesús Sancho, ACCIONA Middle East’s managing director, said: “There are two or three things that have passed in the last few years. The adoption of technology has improved energy efficiency per cubic meter of water.
“It has also helped in reducing the consumption of energy, while we have been able to introduce renewable energy sources.”