RIYADH, February 9 (CIC) – Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest water desalination company in the world with a daily production capacity of 5 million cubic metres.
Guinness World Records said that it verified the figure on February 4.
“Recognizing our record in producing desalinated water, I received today, on behalf of my colleagues at SWCC, a certificate from Guinness World Records documenting that we produce 5 million cubic meters of desalinated water per day,” Abdulrahman Alfadley, the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, said on his official Twitter account on Thursday.
“Congratulations to our Kingdom, our leadership, and my colleagues for this excellence.”
The government corporation that operates desalination plants and power stations in the Kingdom also owns the world’s largest desalination plant of Ras Al Khair with a daily production capacity of just over 1 million m³.
Saudi Arabia plans to build nine water desalination plants on the Red Sea coast, at a total cost of more than SAR 2 billion, Abdulrahman Alfadley, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, said recently.
The project to build the plants was supported by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The plants will have a total production capacity of 240,000 cubic meters of water per day and will be ready in less than 18 months.
The news of the new plants had come close on the heels of SWCC saying that it had achieved a record in desalination technology that helped increase the production of desalinated water to the record level.
“Increasing the production of desalinated water from 3.5 to 5 million cubic meters per day without any extra cost in CAPEX or OPEX is a great achievement for Saudi Arabia”, the Crown Prince said during a recent tour of the plant last month.
Saudi Arabia has a total of 31 desalination plants in 17 locations operated and managed by 10,340 employee with Saudization up to 92 percent and several desalination plants under construction with total production capacity up to 1 million cube meters day. Water security is a key challenge for the country, which has invested heavily in seawater desalination, making the Kingdom the world’s largest producer of desalinated water.
According to the Global Food Security Index 2015, 97 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population has access to potable water, despite the harsh desert climate in the Kingdom where the annual rainfall is very low, evaporation rates high and groundwater is being depleted.
Saudi Arabia’s population grew by 2.52 percent to 32.5 million by the end of 2017, up from 31.7 million in 2016, according to figures released in January by the General Authority for Statistics. The figures showed that Makkah region near the Red Sea in western Saudi Arabia is the most populated area in the Kingdom with 8.6 million people with over than 6 million visitors per year based on current figures, followed by Riyadh region with 8.2 million and the Eastern Province with 4.9 million people.