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The largest offshore desalination plant in the world was developed by a consortium of ACWA Power and RAKA to ease the water shortage in the Western Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. WETICO was awarded the ten month contract to design and build the 52,000 m3/d barge based desalination plant in August of 2007. The overall design took into consideration a lot of variables such as raw water characteristics, product water requirements, barge balance issues, area constraints, power supply restrictions and environmental impact.