Doosan re-enters Saudi Arabia with desalination deal

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, based in South Korea, has signed a US$422 million contract to construct a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) project will be built in Shuaibah, on the coast of the Red Sea and located 110 kilometres south of Jeddah. The factory is for the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC).

The water produced in the plant will supply 1.3 million people in the area, Business Korea reported.

Doosan last caught a business deal in Saudi Arabia’s desalination market seven years ago, having won the Ras Al-Khair project in 2010.

Yoon Seok-won, head of the Water BG Group at Doosan Heavy Industries said, “We hope to move aggressively to tap into the global Ro (reverse osmosis) seawater desalination market, which will [be] worth US$4.5 billion, by 2020.”