WEC said the project on the Red Sea coast will be powered by the area’s high-voltage network. The agency is set to conduct a “competitive process” to select a single developer or a consortium for the plant’s development, financing, procurement, implementation, operations, and maintenance.

Upon launch, the desalination plant will have a daily potable water capacity of 450,000m3, with the selected project developer to sell its capacity and output to WEC under a water purchase agreement under a concession of 25 years.