Saudi takes delivery of giant desalination unit

Saudi Arabia has taken delivery of the second second of six units to be installed at the water desalination plant in Yanbu in the third phase of the plant’s expansion. The multi stage flash distillation unit weighed 3,836 tonnes and measured 135 m in length. It will produce 94,000 m³ of potable water a day.

Korean ship Dongbang Jiant 3, docked recently with what is reportedly the world’s largest water desalination equipment at Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd Industrial Port. The unit was the second of four to be manufactured overseas by Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction and installed in the Yanbu desalination plant. Another two will be built in Saudi Arabia.

The third and fourth units will be installed in November while the fifth and sixth units will be installed by the first half of 2016 said head of Saline Water Conversion Corporation, Western Coast, Mohammad Al-Thebaiti.

Once complete the expanded Yanbu plant will produce desalinated water at a rate of 550,000 m³/d to the Madinah province.

Doosan won the US$ 1 billion engineering, procurement and construction contract in December 2012. The contract included equipment design and manufacturing as well as installation and testing.