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Nidec ASI, 15-million-dollar contract in Saudi Arabia to take desalinated water into the desert


Nidec ASI, 15-million-dollar contract in Saudi Arabia to take desalinated water into the desert

Nidec ASI – the leading company of the Nidec Industrial Solutions platform of Nidec Group – has supplied the motors and the technologies for creating a system of pipes to transport water in Saudi Arabia, between Arafat and Taif and between Rabigh, Jeddah and Makka, in the desert of the Arabian Peninsula. The project will guarantee a greater amount of water for the local populations in this hostile area, thus helping to improve their quality of life, with a positive impact also on their safety and the local economy.


The project, carried out by Mapa Construction – one of the two main contractors of MNG Group – with the important cooperation of Nidec at all the project stages, involves the transport of the water to a reverse osmosis desalination plant in the city of Jeddah, on the Red Sea, for the production of drinking water that will be channelled through a network of piping. The motors and the inverters of Nidec Asi and Leroy Somer (one of the Group companies) will be placed in the 46-km-long stretch that joins the two cities, and will make it possible to take fresh water into the homes of over 1,200,000 people, as well as to the hospitals and all the public and private buildings in the area. The Nidec solutions, activated by inverters that make it possible to adjust the power, also save energy, cutting electricity used to a minimum and thus reducing environmental impact. Once built, the plant will be managed by Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), a public agency operating in the water desalination and electrical power plant sector in Saudi Arabia.


We are particularly proud of this project: our motors and inverters will help to provide a precious resource such as water to over one million people in Arafat and Taif, Rabigh, Jeddah and Makka, who currently have trouble obtaining it. The system of pipes will also have an important knock-on effect on the economic and cultural development of the area”, explained Dominique Llonch, CEO of Nidec ASI and President of Nidec Industrial Solutions. “Operating in a country in rapid economic expansion such as Saudi Arabia, alongside an important partner like Mapa Construction, is further proof of the success of our approach, based on offering specifically custom-designed, high-technology solutions, able to adapt to the various needs of companies, local regulations and extreme conditions”


In fact, Nidec ASI’s know-how is based on over 150 years of technological innovation, thanks to an engineered-to-order approach able to satisfy the needs of clients in various countries worldwide, with a wide variety of technical specifications that enable solutions to withstand not only scorching temperatures and very dusty environments, but also temperatures that can reach as low as -60°C, which require special materials.




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