Floating desalination barges deployed by SWCC to meet water demand during Hajj

Metito was responsible for engineering, designing, developing and commissioning the floating desalination barges

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has deployed desalination barges to meet the surging demand for potable water during the Hajj season in Makkah and Madinah.

With over 1.6m pilgrims having arrived in Saudi Arabia, the timely mobilisation of floating desalination barges was part of the Saudi Government’s proactive measures to ensure the uninterrupted supply of potable water.

Water and wastewater management specialist Metito engineered, designed, developed, and commissioned the floating desalination barges for its client, the Saudi National Shipping Company (Bahri). A total of three barges, 50,000m3/d each, secured the project the title of the largest operating plant of its kind in the world.

According to a statement, in delivering the three desalination barges, Metito has strategically incorporated high-value engineering, and innovative treatment solutions to establish a sustainable, mobile, and adaptable approach. Not only do they deliver a significant volume of superior quality potable water but also adhere to the highest international and local codes and standards.

The integration of intricate and scalable solutions ensures the provision of essential water security measures, enabling timely and efficient responses to crisis situations and emergency water needs. Additionally, these solutions effectively address seasonal requirements such as the high-water demand during the Hajj season, the statement from Metito concluded.

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