KAEC and Metito break ground on solar powered desalination plant project

New plant will be the second desalination plant catering to the KAEC

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The King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and water management solutions firm Metito have broken ground for the construction of a new solar-powered water treatment and desalination plant. The groundbreaking follows Metito Saudi’s appointment in February, for the design and construction of the plant.

The project is valued at $58.66m and, once complete, the solar powered plant is expected to produce 30,000cu m of drinking water per day. According to Metito, the plant has also been designed so capacity can increase to 60,000cu m per day to match consumption demands.

The new plant will be the second desalination plant in KAEC and is expected to take 24 months to develop. Production of drinking water is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020.

Ahmed Ibrahim Linjawy, KAEC deputy group chief executive officer and Mutaz Ghandour, Metito chairman and CEO participated in the groundbreaking ceremony. They were joined by representatives from both parties and members of the project management team.

KAEC is the largest privately-funded new city in the world and is located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia.

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