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Saudi Water Signs Contract to Treat Industrial Wastewater

Saudi Arabia’s National Water Co. agreed with Jeddah-based Middle East Paper Co. to a $27 million deal to treat 5,000 cubic meters of industrial wastewater a day for 20 years, according to a statement citing the state-owned company’s chief executive officer, Loay al-Musallam.

Saline Water Conversion Corp. Governor Abdulrahman Al- Ibrahim meanwhile visited the solar unit project due to start operating at the end of April that’s to curb energy used in desalination plants, cutting the costs of producing water purified from the sea, the state Saudi Press Agency said.

Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer with the Arab world’s largest economy, plans to build the biggest desalination plant in Rabigh on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. National Water Co. is planning to spend $66 billion on water projects over the next 10 years.

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