Two mega de­sali­na­tion plants worth Dh4.75B will be es­tab­lished in the UAE, poised to make the na­tion a re­gional leader in this in­dus­try.

Khaleej Times - - BUSINESS - Is­mail Se­bug­waawo — is­mail@khalee­j­

abu dhabi — Two mega de­sali­na­tion plants worth Dh4.75 bil­lion will be es­tab­lished in the UAE over the next three years, mak­ing the coun­try one of the lead­ers in the re­gion in es­tab­lish­ing de­sali­na­tion plants, ac­cord­ing to a re­port is­sued by BNC.

The plants in­clude the Dh2 bil­lion Tawee­lah plant in Abu Dhabi, slated to pro­duce 200 mil­lion gal­lons of wa­ter per day us­ing re­verse os­mo­sis tech­nol­ogy and is sched­uled to be com­pleted in the fourth quar­ter of 2022, and one at Jebel Ali in Dubai, sched­uled to be com­pleted by the sec­ond quar­ter of 2020.

The to­tal value of in­vest­ment in the top 10 wa­ter de­sali­na­tion plants be­ing de­vel­oped in the Mena re­gion amounts to Dh19.3 bil­lion, the re­port said, adding that Saudi Ara­bia’s share amounts to Dh5.6 bil­lion, while it is Dh4 bil­lion for Jor­dan, Dh1.84 bil­lion for Oman, Dh1.83 bil­lion Egypt and Dh1.3 bil­lion for Morocco.

Abu Dhabi au­thor­i­ties said last year that con­struc­tion on the de­sali­na­tion project in Al Tawee­lah area — lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 45km north of Abu Dhabi — be­gins this year and that the plant was aimed at boost­ing wa­ter sup­ply, serv­ing Abu Dhabi and the North­ern Emi­rates. Of­fi­cials said the Tawee­lah project will be in two blocks, each pro­duc­ing 100 mil­lion im­pe­rial gal­lons per day.

Eng Rashid Al Lim, chair­man of the Sharjah Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Author­ity, high­lighted the im­por­tance of the event hosted in Abu Dhabi, which comes at a time when there is a need for sus­tain­able wa­ter sources to keep pace with ex­pan­sion wit­nessed by the coun­tries of the re­gion and the UAE in par­tic­u­lar, and the ur­gent de­sire to find in­no­va­tive, eco­nom­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly means of wa­ter de­sali­na­tion.

“GCC coun­tries have the high­est global wa­ter de­sali­na­tion ca­pac­ity of 81 per cent while run­ning pro­duc­tion of around 40 per cent of to­tal world wa­ter de­sali­na­tion. This ex­plains, on one hand, the devel­op­ment of 289 de­sali­na­tion plants on the shores of the Ara­bian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Ara­bian Sea,” he added.

The first edi­tion of Mena De­sali­na­tion Projects con­fer­ence will take place in Abu Dhabi next month.

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