JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — To help power the new Yanbu 3 power and desalination plant located in Saudi Arabia, GE’s Power Conversion business will supply electrical variable speed drive (eVSD) system technology, including motors and MV700 drives, according to a press release.

GE’s systems will improve efficiency of the plant, reducing overall costs and the amount of energy needed to run the desalination process, stated the release.

The release reported that Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is building the Yanbu 3 power and water treatment facility on the coast of the Red Sea, around 124 miles (200 kilometers) north of Jiddah, to provide 2,700 megawatts (MW) of electricity and about 145 million GPD (550,000 cubic meters per day) of clean water for eight million residents and businesses in the region.

GE’s MV7000 eVSD drive and electric motor equipment are being provided to KSB, a pumps manufacturer, and its customer Al-Toukhi, a local engineering, procurement and construction company, continued the release.

The equipment, noted the release, will be used to power the boiler feed pumps at SWCC’s new Yanbu 3 facility.

“A growing population, alongside strong growth in [the] industry, makes meeting the region’s energy and water needs one of our greatest challenges,” said SWCC Deputy Governor and Project Director Abdul Hadi Al-Sheikh. “GE provides us with a reliable, economical, scalable and efficient infrastructure, and its focus on exceptional customer care means we can confidently meet the Kingdom’s utility needs now and in future.”

Read the entire release here.