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Characteristics and economic value of the rejected brine at Al-Khobar desalination plant in KSA
Alrowaished Abdulsalam1,*, Azni Idris1, Amimul Ahsan2, Thamer A. Mohamed2
- Characteristics of seawater and brine from Al-khobar desalination plant were studied.
- Many minerals (e.g. SO42- & K+) can be recovered directly from the rejected brine.
- The economic value of the rejected brine was studied.
- This study can help the policy makers to install plants for brine processing.
This paper presents the characteristics of seawater and rejected brine, and the economic value of the rejected brine at Al-Khobar desalination plant, KSA. The rejected brine may be discharged to sea/ocean contains of different salts and dissolved minerals in high concentrations, which carry considerable economic value in relevant industries. It is found that the rejected brine contains huge amount of SO42-, Cl-, Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+, K+, Fe2- and Cu2+, which have high economic value. Therefore, these minerals can be recovered directly from the rejected brine. This study estimated the quantities of these minerals and the revenue income according to their current market prices. Moreover, this study may help the policy/decision makers to assess the economic value of the brine to establish new industries for brine processing. Seawater and brine samples collected from the Al-Khobar plant. Various physical and chemical properties were observed in order to find economic value of minerals.
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To cite this article: Abdulsalam A, Idris A, Ahsan A, Mohamed TA. Characteristics and economic value of the rejected brine at Al-Khobar desalination plant in KSA. Journal of Desalination and Water Purification 2016;3:3-10.
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