Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi produces 9% of the world’s total desalinated water- Abu Dhabi

The 3rd MENA Desalination Projects Forum, taking place at Conrad Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi from March 15-16, 2022, examines the depth of the situation in water scarcity and desalination projects and discuss way forward – in line with the climate change target and reduction in emissions by 2030 and 2050The annual cost of demand gap for desalinated water in the MENA region could go as high as US$300 ‑ US$400 billion from the current US$104 billion per year.

Investment in the desalination projects in MENA has increased substantially in recent years and accounts for 48 percent of global desalination projects, with further investments expected to spur the market to $4.3 billion by 2022;Countries within the MENA region will add an estimated 20GW of solar capacity and 5-6GW of wind by 2025 as seawater desalination capacity of GCC countries is expected to grow further by approximately 37 percent during the next five years, with investments of up to $100 billion;The global desalination market is predicted to grow from $17.7 billion in 2020 to $32.1 billion by 2027;Today, a citizen of MENA region has a little over 1,000 cubic metres for their use, compared to a global average of over 7,000 cubic metres.


Abu Dhabi conference to discuss opportunities in Mena region’s desalination industry – United Arab Emirates

Government and industry leaders in the Middle East and North Africa will gather in Abu Dhabi in March to address the demand gap for clean or desalinated water and forge partnerships to ensure sustainable solutions for water security.

The third Mena Desalination Projects Forum will discuss opportunities for investment and how to make the most out of the increasing number of desalination developments to keep pace with growing demand.

More than 400 stakeholders from around the world are expected to attend the region’s largest government-endorsed conference for the industry.


Taqa and Saudi Aramco to develop greenfield power and desalination project – Saudi Arabia

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, also known as Taqa, will develop a large greenfield power and desalination project with Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest exporter of crude.

The 940-megawatt Tanajib cogeneration and desalination project will have a capacity of 1,084 tonnes per hour of steam and 5.25 million Imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water.

Taqa also signed a water and energy conversion agreement with Japan’s Marubeni Corporation to develop a greenfield industrial facility that includes provisions for supporting infrastructure such as pipelines to connect the desalination and cogeneration plants with end users.


UAE to host fifth Arab Water Forum in September – United Arab Emirates

The Arab Water Council is getting ready for the fifth edition of the Arab Water Forum (AWF), to be held here in both online and physical form and under the theme ‘Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development’, from September 21-23, 2021.

The forum will be held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and supported by the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt (MWRI), in cooperation with national, regional and international partners.

The conference will shed light on some of the key topics such as Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus, Climate Change Impact on Arab Water Security.


SHUAA sells 20% stake in Mirfa International Power and Water Company to Japanese Sojitz – United Arab Emirates

SHUAA Capital, an asset management and investment banking platform in the region, has divested its 20 percent equity stake in Mirfa International Power and Water Company (MIPCO), to Japanese group, Sojitz Corporation (Sojitz).

MIPCO was established in 2014 in Abu Dhabi as the 10th project in the private power and water sector launched under the Department of Energy’s privatisation programme, according to a SHUAA Capital statement on Thursday.

The company has developed and operated a power generation and seawater desalination plant in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, with a net power capacity of 1600MW and a net water capacity of 52.5 million gallons per day (MIGD), contracted under the Power and Water Purchase Agreement (PWPA).


Abu Dhabi committed to transitioning to clean and renewable forms of energy: DoE Chairman – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi’s energy sector is committed to supporting the global climate change agenda and the transformation to clean and renewable energy systems, said Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy (DoE) today.

Al Marar was speaking ahead of the first Regional Summit on Climate, which is being held in Abu Dhabi on April 5th. The event is taking place before the Leaders’ Summit on Climate in Washington this month, and the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which takes place in November in Glasgow, UK.

“Thanks to the directives of the wise leadership, Abu Dhabi and the UAE are making pioneering efforts to fulfill their obligations towards reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, limiting the phenomenon of climate change, and achieving the highest levels of sustainability in the energy sector,” he said.


ABB technology to power world’s largest seawater desalination project – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Approximately 45 kilometers north of Abu Dhabi city, the Taweelah project will be the first reverse osmosis independent water project in Abu Dhabi which will desalinate seawater for supply to local communities and industry in the area.

It will also set new benchmarks for its size, efficiency and cost by utilizing the lowest amount of energy per cubic meter of water produced.

The USD 500 million development will have the capacity to process over 900,000 cubic meters of seawater per day, enough to meet the demands of over 350,000 households and is scheduled to become fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2022.


Manhat to focus on natural water distillation – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi-based startup Manhat is all set to focus on natural water distillation based on local innovation, said Dr Saeed Alhassan, founder, Manhat.

The startup is a deep technology venture that utilises patents with research and developments done in UAE to commercialise its technology.

“Our technology is based on physical sciences and not on computer programming like other startups. Additionally, companies working in the water domain are based on imported technologies compared to ours; which is based on local innovation,” said Alhassan, who is a PhD holder in chemical engineering and a faculty at Khalifa University. He is the first recipient of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal of Scientific Excellence in 2017 and has 13 inventions disclosures and seven granted patents.


Expressions of interest invited for Abu Dhabi’s Mirfa 2 water project – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) has invited developers to submit expressions of interest for its planned Mirfa 2 (M2) independent water project, a reverse osmosis facility planned with the capacity to supply up to 150 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD) of desalinated water.

Expressions of interest invited for Abu Dhabi’s Mirfa 2 water projectAccording to reports on online news outlet Energy-Utilities, developers have been invited to submit their expressions of interest by March 4 for the desalination project.

The reports also quoted sources close to the project as saying that Ewec has appointed an advisory team of Alderbook, White & Case and Fichtner as financial, legal and technical advisers respectively.


EWEC calls for bids for 150m imperial gallon per day desalination plant – United Arab Emirates

Developers/developer-consortiums have been invited to submit expressions of Interest (EoIs) by the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) for the Mirfa 2 (M2) independent water project (IWP) in Abu Dhabi.

According to a statement, the M2 desalination plant will use reverse osmosis (RO) to supply up to 150m imperial gallons per day of water, improving the security of water supply in Abu Dhabi.

The project is also expected to play a key role in the ongoing cost reduction initiatives in the sector, through the procurement of competitive and efficient RO water desalination technology.