- Plant to be built in country’s western region of Shuaibah; will produce 400,000 tons of water a day
- 470 billion won deal lets Doosan expand into global seawater reverse osmosis desalination market
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, a leading provider of seawater desalination solutions, has won a 470 billion won (US$422 million) contract to build a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.
Doosan Heavy announced that it had signed a deal with Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) on March 29 to build the country’s largest-capacity seawater RO desalination plant in Shuaibah, located along the country’s Red Sea coast, about 110 kilometers south of Jeddah.
Under the deal, the company will undertake engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the construction project. Once completed, the plant is expected to produce 400,000 tons of water a day, equivalent to a daily supply for 130,000 people in the western part of Saudi Arabia.
Seokwon Yoon, Water BG Director and executive vice president of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, said: “We are excited to be able to extend our commitment of delivering our advanced solutions to help meet the growing demand of water and electricity in the kingdom by winning the new large-scale desalination project. Moving forward, we will continue to concentrate our efforts on expanding our presence in the global RO desalination market, which is expected to reach $4.5 billion in market size by 2020.”
The new project marks Doosan’s re-entry to the Saudi Arabian seawater desalination market for the first time in five years: it won the Ras Al Khair project in 2010, the world’s largest desalination plant to date, and the Yanbu Phase 3 seawater desalination plant project in 2012.
Last year, Doosan also won a 1 trillion won contract to build the Fadhili combined cycle power plant, accelerating its advance into the Saudi Arabian energy market.
Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul Moshen Al-Fadhli, minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture (fourth from left); Ali Abdulrahman Al-Hazmi, director general of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (sixth from left); and Seokwon Yoon, director of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction’s Water BG (fifth from left), pose for a group photo after signing the Shuaibah Seawater Desalination Plant Construction Contract at the headquarters of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.