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OTHER NEWS 18 May 2015

Pöyry client SWCC wins Desalination Plant of the Year at the Global Water Awards for Ras Al Khair project, Saudi Arabia

The Ras Al Khair project, the largest combined power and desalination plant in the world, has won the prestigious “Desalination Plant of the Year” award at the 2015 Global Water Awards. The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) won the award for this innovative project because of the Reverse Osmosis feature and its impressive scale: it is not only the largest membrane facility ever to be built in the Gulf, but also the largest in the world to feature Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) pre-treatment. Pöyry is actively involved in the project as the owner’s engineer with responsibility for project management, design review and site supervision.

“Pöyry congratulates SWCC on winning Desalination Plant of the Year. We have a long-standing relationship with SWCC going back some 30 years and are particularly proud that the Ras Al Khair project has been recognised with this prestigious award by the international water industry”, says Floris van Straaten, Pöyry’s Regional Director in the Middle East for Thermal Power. “As one of the world's leading power engineering companies, Pöyry is proud to support our clients to succeed with important projects such as Ras Al Khair".

The Ras Al Khair plant is a landmark project for SWCC. It is the largest of its kind in the world – a combined power and desalination plant converting more than 1 billion litres of seawater into potable water each day using two conceptually different desalination technologies - Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) and thermal Multi Stage Flash (MSF). Along with a new water transportation pipeline, it transforms the picture for potable water in Riyadh, one of the world's fastest-growing and most water-stressed cities. The Ras Al Khair plant not only produces water, it also produces 2 400 MWe of electricity for the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

For further information, contact:

Floris van Straaten
Regional Director, Middle East, Thermal Power
Tel: +41 76 356 2246

About Pöyry 

Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company. We serve clients globally across the energy and industrial sectors and provide local services in our core markets. We deliver management consulting and engineering services, underpinned by strong project implementation capability and expertise. Our focus sectors are power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water. Pöyry has an extensive local office network employing about 6,000 experts. Pöyry's net sales in 2014 were EUR 571 million and the company's shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (Pöyry PLC: POY1V).

Website: www.poyry.com