A joint venture comprising ACCIONA Agua and Belhasa Six Construct (BeSIX) has won an AED871m ($237.13m) contract for the construction of 40 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
The contract has been awarded by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
The SWRO plant, being developed as a brown field seawater desalination plant and associated facilities, will use the Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO), two pass RO technology, including pre-treatment facilities.
The plant is expected to be commissioned by May 2020 to meet the reserve margin criterion set for peak water demand for 2020 and beyond.
DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “In line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, DEWA implements its strategic plan which is a vital part of Dubai Plan 2021.
“It also aims to establish Dubai’s leading position in the region, as an example of an effective and efficient infrastructure for electricity and water networks, to meet current and future requirements for all aspects of development in the Emirate.”
Al Tayer said that the project is in-line with DEWA’s decoupling plans for water desalination and power production and water desalination using solar energy.
He claimed that major projects launched by DEWA had helped in reducing the production cost of electricity through solar energy on a global level.
The authority will continue to decouple electricity production from water desalination to obtain 100% desalinated water using a mix of clean energy and waste heat by 2030, which will allow Dubai to exceed global targets for using clean energy to desalinate water, he said.
Al Tayer added: “Reverse osmosis will help expand our production capacity to 305 million gallons of desalinated water per day by 2030. Eventually, reverse osmosis will produce 41% compared to its current share of 5%, so we will be able to produce 750 million gallons of desalinated water per day by 2030, compared to our current capacity of 470 million gallons per day.
“Also, increasing the operational efficiency of the decoupling process will save around AED13bn ($3.54bn) and reduce 43 tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030.”