KFIP gets world’s largest desal equipment

Updated 30 July 2014
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KFIP gets world’s largest desal equipment

The King Fahd Industrial Port (KFIP) in Yanbu Tuesday received Korean ship Dongbang Jiant 3, which is carrying the world’s largest water desalination equipment to be installed at the water desalination plant in Yanbu.
The Yanbu plant along the same coast produces about 124 million cubic meters of water, and supplies it to Madinah, Yanbu and the surrounding areas. The Shuqaiq plant produces 11 million cubic meters and supplies it to Asir and Jazan.
KFIP Director General Saleh Al-Haddad said: “The operational efficiency of the port and its capacity allows dealing with such giant cargo. At the same time, this unit is the second of the four units to be installed in the Yanbu desalination plant.”
Saudi Arabia remains the world’s largest producer of desalinated water. “The desalination plants produced 955 million cubic meters of water in 2012, which is an increase of 7.8 percent compared to the previous year,” said Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Gov. Abdul Rahman Al-Ibrahim.
The ever-increasing demand for water has prompted the government to sign several multibillion-dollar contracts to establish new desalination facilities across the Kingdom, in addition to renovating existing plants to prolong their life expectancy from 25 years to 40 years.


Women pit themselves against male drivers in Saudi Arabia’s Formula E race

Updated 21 November 2018
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Women pit themselves against male drivers in Saudi Arabia’s Formula E race

  • The Rookie Test will take place on December 16 at the newly transformed ancient site into Formula E race track
  • The list consists of a varied group of up-and-coming talent along with well-known faces

DUBAI: Women drivers will compete against male counterparts in Formula E’s “Rookie Test” for up and coming drivers after the inaugural Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix race on December 15.

The Rookie Test will take place on December 16 at the newly transformed ancient site into Formula E race track, the Kingdom’s General sports authority said.

Female drivers will line up against male rivals on the grid to take part in the official in-season test for the forthcoming season of the FIA ABB Formula E Championship.

The list consists of a varied group of up-and-coming talent along with well-known faces, including the first Emirati female racing driver, Amna Al-Qubaisi.

Al-Qubaisi has had a steep progression in her career so far, starting karting aged 13, and going on to win the UAE Rotax Max Challenge Championship before more recently competing in Formula 4 with Prema Theodore Racing.

“I'm very proud to be representing women in general and Arabian women in particular. This test drive is another stepping-stone towards my dream of a professional career in motorsports and thanks to the continuous support of Kaspersky Lab, this dream will eventually come true,” Al-Qubaisi said.

Saudi Princess Haifa bint Mohammed bin Saud, Secretary General of the organizing committee for the race, said: “Through the increased participation in and hosting of world-class sports within Vision 2030, we want to inspire the young people of Saudi Arabia towards greater achievement and taking an active role in every part of life.”