Utico builds trans-emi­rate wa­ter pipe­line

$100 mil­lion pipe­line has a 50mn gal­lons per day peak car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity

Utilities Middle East - - NEWS -

Utico, a pri­vate util­ity com­pany in UAE, has com­mis­sioned the largest sus­tain­able trans-Emi­rate pipe­line in the UAE, built at a cost of over $100mn.

The pipe­line which con­nects Ras Al Khaimah, Um Al Qwain, Shar­jah and Aj­man is now op­er­a­tional sup­ply­ing wa­ter to cus­tomers in­clud­ing Shar­jah Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (SEWA) and through its con­nected net­work to Fed­eral Elec­tric­ity & Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (FEWA), Utico said in a state­ment.

“The pipe­line can be used to pump at both ends or con­nect in be­tween en­abling each Emi­rate to trade wa­ter. It also fa­cil­i­tates in­stant wa­ter sup­ply to each Emi­rate when con­nected. The in­vest­ment in the pipe­line was only pos­si­ble due to the firm be­lief in the fu­ture of the UAE as a coun­try of op­por­tu­ni­ties and in its dy­namic vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship,” said Richard Menezes, CEO of Utico.

He said it is the first such pipe­line of this size and de­sign built with com­plete PE 100 HDPE mak­ing it the most ef­fi­cient and hence with to­tal lower en­ergy costs.

Utico owns over 76 mil­lion gal­lons per day (MIGD) of de­sali­na­tion ca­pac­ity in­clud­ing 40 MIGD un­der con­struc­tion due for com­mis­sion­ing in 2019/2020, thus mak­ing it the first pri­vate util­ity to in­vest in this cap­i­tal in­ten­sive high tech­nol­ogy space and be suc­cess­ful sus­tain­ably.

The pipe­line has lower sweat­ing, greater soil move­ment dura­bil­ity, higher tem­per­a­tures oper­a­tion and longer life. This con­trib­utes to lower en­ergy costs for its op­er­a­tions and hence with a lower car­bon foot­print. The pipe­line was de­signed to en­sure long life, qual­ity of wa­ter.

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