UK company to construct 'carbon-neutral' Neom desalination plant

Feb 4, 2020 02:15 PM ET
  • Saudi Arabia has designated the UK-based Solar Water to build the first 'carbon-neutral' desalination plant in the city of Neom
UK company to construct 'carbon-neutral' Neom desalination plant
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The desalination plant will use concentrated solar power to warm a steel dome that boils the seawater.

Works on the desalination plant are expected to begin in February and be completed by the end of the year.

According to a report by the Saudi Press Company (MEDSPA), the expense of building the desalination plant is $0.34 (SAR 275) per cubic metre.

The desalination plant will use solar water dome technology, which uses concentrated solar power (CSP) to heat up a dome steel structure to boil the seawater, vaporize and condense it, and precipitate it as freshwater.

The salt water arising from the procedure collects at the dome’& rsquo; s basis, which is then drawn out and can be offered commercially, according to Solar Water’& rsquo; s website.

Neom CEO Nadhmi al-Nasr said executing this kind of desalination technology is proof of the task’& rsquo; s dedication to support innovation and protect the environment.

Neom will be developed on 26,500 km² & sup2; of land along 468km of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba coastline. It will likewise cross into Jordan and Egypt.

The plans consist of the King Salman Bridge that will connect Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Riyadh and Cairo accepted develop a causeway linking the 2 countries throughout the Red Sea in 2016.

The city is planned to be a development center, with its own laws, taxes and regulations within an independent financial zone.

For energy, the strategy is for Neom to be entirely powered by wind and solar power.

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