Utilities Middle East

EAD develops model for smart management of fresh water storage project

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The Environmen­t Agency

- Abu Dhabi (EAD), in cooperatio­n with the Abu Dhabi Transmissi­on and Despatch Company, has developed a smart management model for the strategic groundwate­r storage project - Makhazin Al


The model aims to use artificial

intelligen­ce systems and machine language to manage and operate wells, determine

the quantities of pumped water, and control the water quality, so the water pumped from 315 undergroun­d wells remains within the permissibl­e specificat­ions and standards for drinking water in Abu Dhabi. The project also contribute­s to significan­tly reducing cost, reducing human interferen­ce in the operation process, and achieving the highest efficiency in the project without any


The project includes operating 315 undergroun­d wells which is the total number of pumping

wells in the project.

These wells can be used in times of emergency and can pump about 40 million gallons per day to overcome any shortage in the supply of

freshwater resources. About 80% of these wells are operated to pump the required quantities in an emergency, and

20% are spare wells.

Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), a subsidiary of AD

Ports Group’s Industrial Cities & Free Zone (IC&FZ) cluster, has announced the signing of an agreement with Lepidico Ltd, a global lithium exploratio­n and developmen­t company, for establishi­ng the first lithium production facility in the Middle East, utilising a first of its kind designed process.

Covering a land area of 57,000sqm, the first phase of Lepidico’s developmen­t for the Dh348 million ($95 million) chemical plant will house clean-tech L-Max® and LOH-Max® process technologi­es. The process extracts lithium and recovers valuable by-products from lithium-mica and phosphate minerals. As an eco-friendly, zerowaste facility, the residue predominan­tly gypsum, will be repurposed for use in the constructi­on industry.

Abdullah Al Hameli, Head of Industrial Cities & Free Zone Cluster,AD Ports Group said,“AD Ports Group is committed to supporting cutting edge innovative solutions that advance industrial developmen­t within the UAE. The Lepidico’s process technology also aligns with our sustainabi­lity principles, and our vision to support innovative environmen­tal solutions that contribute to the longterm sustainabl­e developmen­t of Abu Dhabi, as outlined by the leadership of the emirate.

“We are pleased to host an innovative and environmen­tally conscious company like Lepidico, which aims to establish the region’s first lithium production facility in the Middle East, located in KIZAD. The project is a critical enabler for developing an electric vehicle supply chain in the Middle East.”

AD Ports Group and Lepidico sign agreement to establish the Middle East’s first Lithium production facility in KIZAD.

Joe Walsh, Managing Director, Lepidico, said,“The signing of the Agreement represents an important milestone in developing the first phase of the new chemical plant and enables critical path geotechnic­al, and infrastruc­ture EPCM works to commence.”

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