Gulf states plan biggest desal plant in Yemen

Gulf states plan biggest desal plant in Yemen
Updated 11 April 2013

Gulf states plan biggest desal plant in Yemen

Gulf states plan biggest desal plant in Yemen

Gulf states are currently studying the possibility of establishing the biggest water and gas desalination center west of Yemen, in the area of Moon Bay, at an estimated cost of $ 200 billion.
Adel Al-Bakeli, Yemen’s permanent representative at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, revealed that a Yemeni delegation traveled to Riyadh last month to discuss details of the project with their Saudi counterparts.
Speaking on the sidelines of a symposium organized by the Middle East Center for Strategic Studies, Al- Bakeli said, “The new project will provide four million jobs for Yemenis within the next ten years and is associated with the railway project.”
“The density and level of salinity in the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea is very high,” he said, clarifying that the geography around the Moon Bay area, which separates Muhrah area from Hadramout, contains the most appropriate water characteristics for desalination.
Al-Bakeli indicated that the project is expected to be the largest center for water and gas desalination in the Gulf. He also revealed that the biggest complex of Western industries will be constructed in Sheikh Said area in the city of Aden, south of Yemen, adding that 17 percent of these projects will be strategic and aim to compete with Chinese industries in the Asian markets.
Meanwhile, the Yemeni representative said the strategic vision of the Gulf countries highlights the expanding role of Yemen from a partial member in the various Gulf organizations to a more active membership by 2019.
The Saudi-Yemeni Business Council is also conducting a study concerning the establishment of a mutual economic zone on the borders of the two countries, which will facilitate the movement and volume of trade.