Reverse Osmosis desalination plant set to boost UAE capacity

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Reverse Osmosis desalination plant set to boost UAE capacity

Abu Dhabi’s international energy and water company, TAQA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) to develop a standalone seawater desalination plant in Al Zawra in the Emirate of Ajman.

Al Zawra independent water project (IWP) will use reverse osmosis (RO) membranes and have a capacity 136,400 m3/day, enough to supply 250,000 people in the Northern Emirates with clean drinking water. 

The project would be owned by FEWA and TAQA, underpinned by a long-term water purchase agreement with FEWA and funded with project finance. Construction is expected to start in early 2015 and the plant would begin commercial operations in 2017.

H.E. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, said: “The Al Zawra project demonstrates the UAE’s determination to develop and apply new technologies that will protect the security of water supply while actively working towards greater energy efficiency.”

TAQA is majority owner of eight power and water plants across the UAE supplying 98% of Abu Dhabi’s power and water requirements. TAQA’s plants also supply the Emirates of Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Sharjah with clean water.

FEWA has reverse osmosis desalination plants in the emirate of Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain with a total production capacity of 50 MIGD.

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