The solar plant will play a critical role in powering the desalination plant with renewable energy, thereby reducing the use of 410,000 barrels of crude oil per year.

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded leading Saudi construction group Alfanar to develop a 110 MW solar photovoltaic power plant project, which will be a part of a floating solar panel system. The contract value is said to be around SR1.2 billion ($320 million).

With a production capacity of 1 million cubic meters per day, the Jubail desalination plant is one of the largest water desalination plants in the world.