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Doosan Vina sends first shipment to Saudi Arabian desalination plant

Released at: 22:16, 19/07/2018

Doosan Vina sends first shipment to Saudi Arabian desalination plant

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Shipment departs Doosan Vina's port on July 19 and is expected to reach Red Sea destination in some three weeks.

by Doanh Doanh

The first of four shipments by Doosan Vina’s Water Division to the Shoaiba-4 Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination project in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia departed from Doosan Vina’s port on July 19 and, depending on weather conditions, is expected to reach its destination in about three weeks. Shoaiba-4 is a development of the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and is located 50 miles south of Jeddah.

The shipment weighs 566 tons and includes 12 “Made in Vietnam” desalination pressure units, piping and fittings, as well as tanks to re-mineralize the desalinated water. Each SWRO desalination unit is 6.4 meters high, 6.4 meters wide, and 8.3 meters long, while the seven re-mineralization tanks are 5.6 meters tall, 5.6 meters wide, and 10.60 meters long. The project will be divided into four shipments this year, with the following three shipments scheduled for August 30, September 30, and December 30.

The Shoaiba desalination project will meet the potable water requirements of Saudi Arabia’s second largest city, Jeddah, and its 5 million people. Using a process known as reverse osmosis, the plant will force seawater under great pressure through membranes that allows water to pass but filters out salt and other impurities.

The plant will produce 400,000 cu m of fresh water per day once operational, or 146 billion liters per year, which is equivalent of 58,400 Olympic swimming pools. The four phases of the desalination facility will have a combined annual capacity of over 400 trillion liters per year.

The $430 million contract for the Shoaiba-4 SWRO project was signed by SWCC and Doosan in 2017, with Doosan Vina producing 1,727 tons of desalination equipment. Because of the large scope of the project and the desire to expedite production, the work will be shared between Doosan Vina and other Doosan subsidiaries.

Shoaiba-4 is the first of many major SWRO desalination projects planned to be built in Saudi Arabia following the reorganization of the Kingdom’s water sector in 2016.

The SWCC is a Saudi government enterprise responsible for the desalination of seawater, producing electricity, and supplying various regions in the Kingdom with desalinated water.

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