The Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) and the UK’s Solar Water Plc. signed an agreement on Sunday to establish and operate a plant to desalinate seawater using concentrated solar energy to supply a JPMC industrial complex in the city of Aqaba, south, with its industrial water needs.

The agreement was inked by the CEO of JPMC, Abdulwahab Rawad, and the CEO of the British company, David Reavley. The signing ceremony was attended by JPMC Muhammad Thneibat, and the British Ambassador to Jordan, Bridget Brind.

In a statement, Thneibat said that the project, which will be implemented according to a build–operate–transfer model, is part of the company’s efforts to reduce production and manufacturing costs, and curtail the use of fossil fuels in its various facilities to combat pollution and climate change.