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Saudi Arabia’s NEOM to build renewable-powered desalination plant

The controversial planned city will partner with a Japanese and a French company in the endeavor.
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Saudi Arabia’s futuristic planned city NEOM plans to build a water desalination plant powered by renewable energy. 

NEOM signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with the Japanese trading company Itochu and the French energy company Veolia to build a desalination facility powered completely from renewable energy. NEOM plans for the facility to produce 500,000 cubic meters a day of water by early 2024, according to a press release. 

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