Con­tract win for Dewa’s $43m Al Lu­saily project

Construction Week - - INTELLIGENCE -

Dubai Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (Dewa) has awarded a con­struc­tion con­tract worth $42.7m (AED157m) for a wa­ter reser­voir in Al Lu­saily, but did not dis­close the name of the con­trac­tor.

Set to be op­er­a­tional in 24 months, the reser­voir will store up to 60 mil­lion gal­lons of de­sali­nated wa­ter, in­creas­ing Dubai’s to­tal wa­ter stor­age ca­pac­ity by around 7%.

The con­tract’s scope cov­ers con­struc­tion of a rec­tan­gu­lar-shaped con­crete reser­voir that will be lo­cated next to an ex­ist­ing wa­ter stor­age fa­cil­ity, which has twice the stor­age ca­pac­ity of the new one and can store up to 120 mil­lion gal­lons of de­sali­nated wa­ter.

Dewa said its to­tal wa­ter stor­age ca­pac­ity will in­crease from 830 mil­lion gal­lons to­day to 890 mil­lion gal­lons when the reser­voir com­mences op­er­a­tions.

The need to build more wa­ter stor­age fa­cil­i­ties is clear; wa­ter con­sump­tion in Dubai is ris­ing in line with pop­u­la­tion growth. Res­i­den­tial units ac­counted for 81% of Dubai’s to­tal wa­ter con­sump­tion in 2017, while the in­dus­trial sec­tor ac­counted for less than 1% dur­ing the pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to Dewa sta­tis­tics.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Dewa, HE Saeed Mo­hammed Al Tayer, said Dubai needed to up­grade its in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port wa­ter de­liv­ery.

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