AES Arabia secures desalination project

The operation will produce up to 2,752 GPM of fresh water for the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) Research Park.The contractor for this project is China National Chemical engineering Company (CNCEC) under the management of Saudi Aramco. The internationally affiliated AES Arabia, a Riyadh-based water and waste water management company, was selected in competitive bidding based on its track record and due to its long experience with Saudi Aramco work.The source of seawater will be from a deep open intake and shall be extensively pre-treated before it is pumped into the desalination plant. The desalted water will be further treated for the removal of boron and consequently re-mineralised to meet WHO standards. Although built for a research institution, the plant design and manufacturing will be according to the stringent standards followed in all Saudi Aramco Oil and Gas projects.AES Arabia previously built an 8000 CMD MBR sewage treatment plant and participated in the construction of the 52,000 CMD SWRO for KAUST.