Saudi Launches Solar-Powered Desalination Plant

Saudi Gazette:

The first phase of the King Abdullah Initiative for Solar Water Desalination will be operational by the end of this year, according to a senior energy official.

Yousef Al-Yousef, supervisor at the Energy Research Institute at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), said the plant would have a capacity of 30,000 cubic meters of drinking water a day to meet the needs of 100,000 people living in the town of Al-Khafji, near the Kuwaiti border.

Saudi Arabia’s lack of natural renewable water resources means that 50 percent of the municipal water in the country must come from desalination.