New dam above Bisha reservoir to generate 15,000MW

New dam above Bisha reservoir to generate 15,000MW
Updated 24 May 2013

New dam above Bisha reservoir to generate 15,000MW

New dam above Bisha reservoir to generate 15,000MW

The Bisha dam in Jazan, the largest reservoir of water in the Kingdom, has the capacity to supply 220,000 cubic meters of water daily, thereby saving SR 36 billion for public coffers, said the Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen.
“If we want to build a surface water reservoir this size now, we have to spend about SR 36 billion,” he said, while addressing a ceremony held for the launch of the new water and sewage projects, valued at more than SR 5.9 billion.
“This dam, located about 300 meters above the sea level, was established three years ago at a cost of SR 200 million,” the minister said. It can meet the water requirements of cities and villages on Jazan’s coastal areas, he added.
Al-Hussayen disclosed his ministry’s plan to establish a new dam above the Bisha dam in order to generate 15,000MW of electricity. “Preliminary studies have proved the project is feasible,” he asserted.
Jazan Gov. Prince Muhammad bin Nasser earlier launched the projects in the presence of a large number of people and officials. He later toured the tourism and investment projects in the vicinity of the Jazan dam, which were implemented by the Department of Water in Jazan.
“We are now celebrating the launch of 243 projects worth SR 5.9 billion,” the minister told the gathering. “Among these projects 117 have been implemented at a total cost of SR 1.9 billion,” he said.
The length of the longest water network in the Jazan region reached more than 3.8 million meters while water connections have been given to 71,000 homes in the region. “The governor has launched today 126 new projects that would cost SR 4 billion,” Al-Hussayen said, adding that it would meet 80 percent of the region’s water needs.
Nine sewage water purification centers would be established in different parts of the region at a total cost of SR 853 million. These centers will have a capacity of 158,000 cubic meters.
Speaking about his ministry’s efforts to meet the water requirements of Jazan, Al-Hussayen said the desalination plant in Shuqaiq supplies 78,000 cubic meters of water daily, while the Jazan plant supplies 50,000 cubic meters and Bisha dam 75,000 cubic meters.
The establishment of the new water purification centers on Jazan and Dhamad dams would increase the daily supply to 460,000 cubic meters, the minister said.