Ceremony marks Yanbu 2 MED desalination completion

The completion ceremony for the Yanbu Phase 2 Expansion seawater desalination plant was held on 19 December 2012 by Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The plant features the world’s largest multi-effect distillation (MED) unit with a production capacity of 15 MIGD (68,190 m³/d). With more than twice the capacity of the 8.5 MIGD (38,600 m³/d) Fujairah 2 desalination plant in the UAE, the Yanbu MED plant will be sufficient to meet the daily requirements of more than 200,000 people.

Starting the engineer/procure/construct project in June 2011, Doosan completed the Yanbu plant in 18 months. The treated water produced by the plant will be supplied to the Medina region.

Present at the completion ceremony were Prince Abdualaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, governor of Medina; Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Hussein, the minister of water and electricity; Dr Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Ibrahim, governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation; Keysun Han, president and COO of Doosan; and Seokwon Yun, CEO of Doosan’s Water Business Group.

Following the ceremony, a contract signing ceremony was held for the Yanbu Phase 3 Seawater Desalination Plant, the contract for which Doosan was awarded in November 2012.