Saudi Arabia has signed project agreements for Yanbu 4 Independent Water Plant (IWP), a seawater desalination facility to be developed using reverse osmosis (RO) technology, with a consortium comprising of Engie, the French multinational utility group, and a local water desalination company, Mowah.

According to a statement from Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), the RO seawater desalination plant will come up in the Badr Governorate, in the Madinah region. It will have a production capacity of 450,000 cu m/day, once complete.

Located on the Kingdom’s Red Sea coast, the new plant will feed potable water to the Makkah and Madinah regions. Yanbu-4 IWP will also include solar energy units that will reduce the electricity consumption from the grid.