Desal plant to cut toxic emissions

Updated 21 September 2013

Desal plant to cut toxic emissions

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) plans to introduce the clean development mechanism (CDM) for the fourth phase of the Jeddah power and desalination plant to reduce harmful gas emissions, a top SWCC official said here Thursday.
CDM is one of the mechanisms defined in the Kyoto Protocol to help industrial plants reduce emission levels, in line with the goals set out in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Osman Al-Najdi, director general of technical affairs and production, said: "The proposed Jeddah project aims to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by increasing the efficiency within five boilers by applying the Therma Chem FS12 (FS12) fireside treatment technology to the combustion process."
"FS12 is an on-line post-combustion technology designed for in situ cleaning of steam boilers' internal components to prevent the accumulation of fireside deposits which lead to a decrease in the overall thermal efficiency of boilers," he said.
Al-Najdi said FS12 treatment, which consists of continual injection of the technology into the combustion chamber of boilers, through a specially designed atomizing system, is not a fuel additive and has no effect on the combustion efficiency of fuels.
He said a test trial of FS12 was performed on one of the boilers (No. 13) of the plant from Sept. 20, 2011 to Nov. 21, 2011. The result indicated that the application of FS12 increased the thermal efficiency of a boiler by 6 to 8 percent.
The fourth phase of the Jeddah power and desalination plant, which is located on the west coast near a residential area, requires more advanced technology for emission reductions.
It consist of five thermal units, 10 desalination units, five heavy-fuel oil-based natural circulation, radiant type boilers with a design steam output capacity of 605 t/hr of steam per boiler and a heavy fuel oil consumption of 38.5 t/hr per boiler, Al-Najdi said.
He said the process is used for water desalination and electricity generation, with an electric capacity of 118MW per turbine.

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.


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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.


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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.