Following a public tender, Hyflux Ltd, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Hydrochem Saudi Ltd, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Arabian state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corp to design, build, supply, test and commission three seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants along the Red Sea coast.

The desalination plants in Duba, Wajh and Haql will each have a designed capacity of 16 000 cubic metres per day.

The plants, which together are valued at around SAR687 million (approximately US$180 million), will employ reverse osmosis membrane technologies to treat the seawater into water suitable for potable use.

Construction will start once the contracts have been finalised.