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Saudi Arabia: The international water market increasingly required innovative products and infrastructure to meet global demand.

On March 31, the world’s largest seawater desalination plant, Rabigh 3, was installed in Saudi Arabia, and WEG has participated as a supplier of electric motors and frequency drives. The success of the project was honored and recognized by Guinness World Records as “the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant.”

Counting on the technical expertise of dealing with large engineering companies, WEG took part in this impressive project as a supplier of motors and frequency drives for the main processes of the water production chain, ranging from capture, pre-treatment, and reverse osmosis process to post-treatment.

WEG´s products package included 69 electric motors and 50 medium voltage frequency drives supplied through a consortium of companies formed by Abengoa, SIDEM, and SEPCO III for engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the plant.

Rabigh 3 was built on the Red Sea western coast with a production capacity of 600,000 m3 of water per day and supplies water to approximately three million people. Unique to its kind, Rabigh 3 is considered the most environmentally friendly desalination plant in the world due to the lowest electricity consumption during day-to-day operations and has also recorded the lowest noise rate.

WEG´s strategy of doing business with large engineering companies has assured new supplies in the Middle East region as well as in other countries.

Founded in 1961, WEG is a global electric-electronic equipment company, operating mainly in the capital goods sector with solutions in electric machines, automation, and paints for several sectors, including infrastructure, steel, pulp and paper, oil & gas, mining, among many others. WEG stands out in innovation by constantly developing solutions to meet the major trends in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric mobility. With manufacturing units in 12 countries and present in more than 135 countries, the company has more than 36,900 employees worldwide. WEG’s net revenue reached R$ 23.56 billion in 2021, 54.5% from external markets.

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