FEWA to increase desalination capacity to meet UAE water demands
FEWA plans to bolster its seawater reverse osmosis desalination arsenal by building new plants and expanding existing capacity...
ABU DHABI, UAE – The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) plans to bolster its seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination arsenal by building new plants and expanding existing capacity.
The authority aims to build a new 205,000 m3/day project in Umm al-Quwain and has already qualified 13 consortia to bid on the construction, according to news agency WAM.
A further desalination plant will be built in Al-Zawra, Ajman with a capacity of 136,000 m3/day. This follows an MoU signed back in 2014 between Abu Dhabi’s international energy and water company TAQA and FEWA for the development.
Capacity of the Ghalilah desalination project will also be trebled, from 68,000 m3/day to 205,000 m3/day. This project was previously awarded to Aquatech under a US$82 million engineering-procurement- construction contract back in 2011.
FEWA is reportedly looking at opportunities to export some of the desalinated water beyond the emirates of Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain, for which it supplies water and electricity.