The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is a Saudi Government Corporation responsible for the desalination of seawater and supplying various regions in the Kingdom with desalinated water.
The corporation was established by royal decree dated 20/08/1394 H, corresponding to 07/09/1974 H, as an independent government corporation.
The Main Objective of the Corporation
The corporation aims at consolidating the natural water resource in various regions and cities of the Kingdom where there are severe fresh water shortages, through the process of desalination.
One of the main strategic goals for the implementation of these plans is to build a number of desalination plants, along with support facilities in regions suffering from shortages of fresh water supplies, based on the outcomes of technical feasibility studies.
Leadership and excellence in sea water desalination
Meeting our customers' needs of desalinated sea water in an efficient and reliable manner with the lowest possible cost and the highest economic return, and the effective investment in and motivation of our human resources, the development of desalination industry and contribute to economic and social development and commitment to safety and environmental standards.
1. Financial sustainability: achieve the highest economic return by increasing revenues and reducing cost
2. Operational effectiveness: Ensure quality and efficiency in terms of production and operations
3. Human resources: Develop, motivate and build national competencies within a work environment characterized by fairness, teamwork, responsibility and loyalty.
4. Economic development: Contribute effectively in developing and indigenizing know how in the field of desalination.
5. Safety and security: Comply with the best practices of safety and security.
6. Environmental sustainability: Comply with environmental rules and regulations
The corporation's activities
The corporation endeavors to achieve its strategic goals as per the five-year plan of the Kingdom by providing a sufficient quantity of desalinated water in accordance with the envisaged plans to build and operate desalination plants. This is done as described in the following steps:
1- Water production:
Water is produced through dual purpose desalination plants. All plants are operated and maintained in full by the corporation. The corporation operates 28 plants distributed over 17 sites located on the eastern and western coasts of the Kingdom. Total production of these plants is estimated at 4.6 million cubic meters per day. The total production of the Saudi Water Conversion Corporation represents more than 69% of the total production of desalinated water in the Kingdom. The rest is produced by the private sector. The Kingdom produces more than 6.6 million cubic meters of desalinated water per day, which represents 54% of the production in the gulf region. On an international scale, Saudi Arabia produces 22% of the total of desalinated water in the world.
SWCC carries out the transmission of drinking water to the beneficiary regions using a very long pipeline network totalling 5,600 km in length with pipes ranging between 8 and 80 inches in diameter. The water is pumped through 47 pumping stations to a total of 224 water tanks, with a total capacity of 11, 6 million cubic meters, in addition to 16 blending stations to mix the desalinated water with the underground water, and 8 other terminal stations.
Research and desalination techniques
Scientific research plays a vital role in spurring economic social and industrial growth and development, offering solutions to development issues and widening horizons for knowledge acquisition in various scientific fields, which is in line with the Kingdom's five-year plan that gives high priority to scientific research, especially with regard to water desalination.
SWCC puts great efforts, through its Saline Water Desalination Research Institute in Jubail, to further improve water desalination technologies and to discover new techniques and methods to reduce cost and to protect the environment. This research institute is considered one of the biggest research institutes in the Middle East, specializing in water desalination technologies.
SWCC has always considered the development of a national competent workforce and the enhancement of its technical skills and capabilities of operating and maintaining its facilities as one of its most important goals. Consequently, it intensified the number of training programs and specialized seminars and conferences, in addition to induction and training programs offered through the Jubail training center. It has also given a number of its employees the opportunity to study in the Kingdom and abroad and earn postgraduate degrees. These considerably successful programs have greatly contributed to the creation of a trained workforce capable of achieving the corporation's mission with competence. As a result, the rate of saudization has increased to more than 89% of the total workforce, estimated at 10,000 employees.