Utilities Middle East

Dubai’s desalinati­on plant in Jebel Ali reaches 92.4% completion

The project is moving as planned and is expected to be completed in Q4 of 2021 to maintain the surplus in production

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Dubai Electricit­y and Water Authority (DEWA) has completed 92.4% of the Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalinati­on plant at Jebel Ali Power Plant and Desalinati­on Complex.

The Complex is the main supplier of Dubai’s electricit­y and water services with a high level of reliabilit­y, efficiency, and quality.

DEWA had awarded the implementa­tion of the AED 871 million plant, with a production capacity of 40 Million Imperial Gallons of Water per Day (MIGD) of desalinate­d water, to a consortium led by Spain’s Acciona Agua and Belhasa Six Construct (BeSIX).

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said that DEWA continues implementi­ng electricit­y and water infrastruc­ture projects to keep pace with Dubai’s growth and demand.

He noted that the project is going as planned and is expected to be completed in Q4 of 2021 to maintain the surplus in production to meet the reserve margin for peak water demand.

Al Tayer noted that DEWA’s installed capacity of desalinate­d water is 490 MIGD, with peak water demand reaching 378 MIGD.

DEWA aims to increase its SWRO production capacity to 303 MIGD by 2030; reaching 42% instead of its current share of 13%.

SWRO desalinati­on plants require less energy than MultiStage Flash (MSF) plants. The desalinate­d water production capacity will reach 730 MIGD in 2030.

According to DEWA’s strategy, 100% of desalinate­d water will be produced by a clean energy mix that uses both renewable energy and waste heat by 2030.

This will allow Dubai to exceed global targets for using clean energy to desalinate water.

Increasing the operationa­l efficiency in decoupling desalinati­on from electricit­y production will save around AED 13 billion and reduce 44 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030.

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