Following the success of the first stage of the project, we have since expanded the wetland to cover an additional 30 km2, resulting in gradual biological regeneration of the area following construction at the site. With its dry location and limited water resources, Aramco will continue to pursue water conservation initiatives in Khurais and elsewhere as part of our commitment to conserve the Kingdom's groundwater for future generations.
At Khurais, we plan to end the use of non-drinkable groundwater for plant processing through the construction of a 60,000-barrel seawater reverse osmosis facility. This facility started operation in 2020.
We have also hosted plantation trials to support water conservation in the region, using technologies such as Super Absorbent Polymers, Hydrophobic Sand and DriWater Gel to save up to 65% of the water needed for wetland irrigation.