The Governor of the Saudi Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Eng. Abdullah Al-Abdul Karim, said that work has begun to create the world’s largest environmentally friendly water osmosis system.
The Saudi official revealed the Kingdom’s aspirations to find solutions to the risks that threaten humanity, especially the increasing water demand. His comments came during a speech at the opening of the Global Water Summit, which kicked off on Wednesday in Madrid.
Al-Abdul Karim said that by 2024, the Saudi water desalination system would achieve a reduction in carbon emissions equivalent to 34 million tons annually, as part of its contribution to the goals of Vision 2030 and in line with the Saudi Green Initiative, through the implementation of the highest and best international standards in all its production systems.
The SWCC governor stressed that the Kingdom has long resorted to innovative solutions to protect the environment, pointing to the first seawater desalination project that dates back to 1978, which used environmentally friendly reverse osmosis techniques, with a capacity of 12 thousand of desalinated water per day.
He also noted that the Kingdom was deploying “bold and continuous efforts” to employ environmentally friendly technologies in production systems, with the aim to drastically reduce carbon emissions.
“We have already started to build our latest production system using environmentally friendly reverse osmosis techniques, with a production capacity of one million cubic meters of desalinated water per day. It will be the largest in the world in production capacity and the lowest in energy consumption,” Al-Abdul Karim told the summit in Madrid.
He added: “We must work hand in hand with equipment manufacturers to find engineering solutions based on desalination expertise in order to ensure a better global future for the desalinated water industry and make it have a positive impact on the environment.”