Saudi Arabia, US sign landmark MoU in desalination research and technology

MacDill AFB, Fla. – U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, welcomes His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to the U.S., to MacDill Air Force Base, July 31, 2018. The two leaders discussed mutual security concerns in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Dana Flamer)

JEDDAH (RAHNUMA):The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture signed a deal on Monday to cooperate with the US Department of Energy in the field of desalination science and technology.

The departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding for longterm cooperation in the development of desalination industry and the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field.

The five-year agreement was signed virtually by Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Abdulkareem, Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, and Daniel R. Simmons, Assistant Secretary of Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy.

Al-Abdulkareem said the deal would combine their “innovative ideas and practical experience with a common goal – advancing desalination technology and science towards a better and greener world.”
Saudi Arabia and the United States have a long history of collaboration in the energy and water sectors.

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