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SWCC deploys floating desalination barges to meet water demand during Hajj in Saudi Arabia

The floating desalination barges provided water to 1.6 million pilgrims this year. (Image source: Metito)

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) deployed floating desalination barges to accommodate the spike in demand for potable water during the Hajj season in Makkah and Madinah

The prompt deployment of floating desalination barges was a part of the Saudi government's proactive steps to assure an uninterrupted supply of potable water in light of the more than 1.6 million pilgrims who had already arrived in Saudi Arabia. Metito, which provides water and wastewater management systems, engineered, built, produced, and put into service the floating desalination barges.

This was for its client, The Saudi National Shipping Company (Bahri), and the project was the largest functioning factory of its sort in the world thanks to a total of three barges, each capable of producing 50,000 m3/d.

In order to build a sustainable, transportable, and flexible approach, Metito specifically combined high-value engineering and novel treatment methods when delivering the three desalination barges. They not only offer a sizeable amount of drinkable water of the highest quality, but also follow the strictest national and international laws and regulations.

The supply of necessary water security measures is ensured through the integration of complex and scalable technologies, enabling prompt and effective responses to emergency water demands. These technologies also successfully manage seasonal needs, such as the significant demand for water during the Hajj season.

Metito provides reverse osmosis technology for desalination and has been part of several Public-Private Partnership agreements to deliver water and wastewater solutions to several countries including, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Qatar. It is a privately held company with key shareholders that include Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group.