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Saudis to Raise Desalinated Water Production: Eqtisadiah

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March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Saline Water Conversion Corp. plans to boost Saudi water production by 40 percent to 7 million cubic meters a day by 2014, the al-Eqtisadiah newspaper reported, citing SWCC Governor Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim.

Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer with the Arab world’s largest economy, is planning the gains through desalinated water-purifying projects coming on line including Ras Al Khair on the Red Sea coast, the Yanbu 3 desalination plant, a plant in Rabigh and the Jeddah 3 desalination plant in the second-largest city, the paper said.

“In two months, the people of Jeddah will no longer see the fumes coming out of the desalination plant that’s one of the sources of pollution in the city,” Al-Ibrahim was quoted as saying, referring to the Jeddah 3 thermal desalination plant due to shut in two months and be replaced with Jeddah 3’s reverse-osmosis desalination plant.

Saudi Arabia is building power stations to cope with growing demand and desalination plants for drinking water. The kingdom is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water, 18 percent of the production through 27 desalination plants, according to SWCC’s annual report, Al-Eqtisadiah said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Deema Almashabi in Riyadh at dalmashabi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net

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