The Saudi Council of Ministers on 10 September approved a plan to privatize stateowned desalination company Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC). SWCC is the world’s largest desalination firm, operating 17 plants to deliver almost two-thirds of the kingdom’s desalinated water. SWCC’s desalination capacity currently amounts to 4.61mn m3/d according to state electricity regulator Ecra, 60% of the kingdom’s total.

Saudi energy supremo Crown Prince Muhammad bin...