The head of one of Saudi Arabia’s largest refineries has been appointed as the governor of the state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) – the world’s largest desalination company – in a surprise royal decree.
Ali bin Abdulrahman al-Hazmi was appointed to the SWCC top job late on Monday this week. He had previously been president of Sasref, the Aramco/Shell joint venture that runs the refinery in Jubail. Prior to that, he had been general manager of the Ras Tanura refinery, the largest facility of its type in the country.
Al-Hazmi replaces Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim, who had been in the role since 2011. Al-Ibrahim is expected to continue in his temporary role as CEO of the National Water Company.
The new SWCC governor is faced with the task of managing and expanding a 5 million m3/d desalination portfolio, while pushing through a privatisation programme as part of the country’s post-oil boom economic transformation.