Utilities Middle East
EAD develops model for smart management of fresh water storage project
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.”