Singapore-based Hyflux has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop three desalination plants.

The MOU has been signed by Hyflux’s subsidiary Hydrochem Saudi with Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), a state-owned utility, following a public tender.

As per the MOU, Hyflux will design, build, supply, test and commission three seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants, which will be located in Duba, Wajh and Haql along the Red Sea coast in the western region of the kingdom.

The combined value of the three plants is SAR687m ($183m) and each plant shall be designed to process about 16,000m3 of water per day.

The plants will be equipped with reverse osmosis membrane technologies that can convert seawater into drinkable water. Construction of the plants will begin once the contracts have all been finalised.

The MOU signing ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was witnessed by Saudi Arabia Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, and Singapore Minister of Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli bin Masagos Mohamad.

These projects are expected to have a material financial impact on Hyflux pending finalisation of the contracts.

Hyflux is a Singapore-based company focused providing sustainable solutions particularly in the areas of water and energy. The company carries out operations in several countries in Southeast Asia including China, India, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.