King Abdulaziz International Airport's (KAIA) 30,000 m3/d (8 MGD) SWRO facility in Jeddah, which began partial operation on 1 March, is now fully operational. The project was delivered under a 20-year BOOT contract at a water cost of SR2.92/m3 ($0.78/m3; $2.95/kgal) by Qatarat Saqia Desalination Company Ltd, a special purpose company whose shareholders include SETE Technical Services, Aquatech International, Haji Abdullah Alireza and WTD.
General Authority of Civil Aviation is the client and offtaker, and had previously relied on three 30-year old MSF units operating with stand-alone boilers. The MSF units reportedly produced water at a cost of $2.00/m3 ($7.57/kgal). They will be dismantled as part of the scope of the new project.
SETE's George Antonopoulos, told WDR that new SWRO was able to use an existing intake from the old MSF facility, and said, "The client is very pleased with considerable savings for the new SWRO facility compared with the cost of running the old MSF facility."
The plant employs Toray membranes, Codeline pressure vessels, Duchting high-pressure pumps and a FEDCO energy recovery system. The Bushnak Group served as a project consultant.