Saudi SWCC hosts International Conference on Saline Water Mining

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is hosting the “International Conference on Saline Water Mining” in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, from March 21 to 23, in partnership with the International Desalination Association (IDA) under the patronage of the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Eng. Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhli.

The conference aims to exchange knowledge expertise and the latest innovative technologies that convert cost-effectively brine into mineral products and extract rare metals of strategic importance for advanced industries, including lithium, cesium, rubidium, barium. Brine mining is trailblazing a new desalination industry path of Zero Discharge & Cost (ZD&C) desalination.

The Institute for Research and Desalination Technologies will showcase advanced research that contributes to the development of the desalination industry and reflects the Kingdom’s global leadership in the field and added value, namely water desalination yield, at the conference.

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Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Abdul kareem
Governor – SWCC

“Our vision for the future of the desalination industry is to harness the value contained in seawater brine and to use it for subsidizing the production of desalinated water, thereby transforming desalination into the lowest cost freshwater production technology in the world.”

More than 120 researchers, scientists, and experts from around the world are participating in SWCC’s global workshop on water desalination yield techniques, where they will discuss the impact of innovative technologies developed by SWCC as well as ways to benefit from its research and expertise in developing the desalination industry, which enabled it to achieve global leadership in this sector.

The attendees reviewed the latest developments in thermal brine concentration and mineral extraction, before concluding their visit with a tour of the institute, experimental stations of the mining project, and some other facilities and laboratories.

Related: Saudi reveals 60+ water projects worth $9bn at MENA Desalination Projects Forum 2022


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