The plant has started producing drinking water at 25 % of its capacity and is successfully meeting the quality parameters specified in the contract.

It will have a total capacity of 600,000 m3/day, the same as Rabigh 3, the largest desalination plant in commercial operation using reverse osmosis technology in Saudi Arabia, also developed by Abengoa.

It will also be the world’s largest desalination plant to be partially powered by solar photovoltaic renewable energy.

Abengoa, an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, has started exporting drinking water from the Jubail 3A desalination plant, reaching 25 % of its total capacity (600,000 m3/day) to the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC). Abengoa, in consortium with SEPCOIII, is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the project for the leading company in the development, investment, ownership and operation of power generation and desalinated water production plants, ACWA Power. The Jubail 3A desalination plant is located south of the city of Jubail, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, in the northeast of the country.