Dubai begins testing turbines at 700MW M-Station in Jebel Ali.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it has started testing the turbines at the M-Station expansion project in Jebel Ali, which is the newest and largest electricity generation and water desalination plant in the UAE.

Testing includes an initial operation of turbines and power generators and connecting them to the grid, said a statement from the Dubai utility.

These tests are essential to ensure the quality and reliability of the units while connected to the grid. Tests are scheduled to continue until the completion of the Dh1.47-billion ($400 million) expansion project in the fourth quarter of 2018, it stated.



China Energy Engineering : ACWA Power signs power and water desalination cooperation.

During the MoU signing with ACWA Power’s Chairman Mohammad Abunayyan and Energy China’s Chairman Wang Jianping

DUBAI — ACWA Power, a leading developer, owner, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited, a global leader in international engineering and EPC contracting, during a ceremony in Dubai.



UAE group to build Latam’s first and largest solar powered desalination project in Chile’s Atacama.

UAE-based Almar Water Solutions, a specialist in the design, financing, operation and maintenance of water infrastructure, has joined hands with Chile-based Trends group of companies to develop one of the world’s largest solar powered SWRO project in the Atacama region of the South American country.

The project called ‘Enapac’ (abbreviation for the spanish name “Energías y Aguas del Pacífico”) will be the first multiclient desalination plant in Chile besides being the largest in Latin America and the first large scale plant powered with photovoltaic energy and one of the most advanced projects in the world, combining reverse osmosis desalination with solar energy.



New initiative to manage and operate Taweelah A2 combined cycle power and desalination plant by the UAE nationals for one month starting 4 March 2018

The initiative comes in line with the company’s directives towards enhancing the role of Emiratis and honing their capabilities to assume leading positions in the future. It complements Emirates CMS initial experiment where qualified Emirati personnel operated the plant for 24 hours without any external support or assistance. Abdulla Ali Al Sheryani, chairman of ECPC, explained that the initiative is a step towards enabling the UAE nationals in achieving leadership in the global energy sector, which is strategically important as a major component of economic diversification and a cornerstone of national progress. Al Sheryani added, “Abu Dhabi has made significant achievements in terms of engaging the UAE national personnel in promoting a comprehensive and sustainable development, in line with the ‘Emiratisation’ initiative launched by the federal government to increase UAE nationals’ employment in the labour market.” “We have also received strong support and cooperation from the private sector to create an attractive environment that stimulates entrepreneurship, creativity, excellence and leadership for promising Emirati citizens,” he added. Al Sheryani explained that the department of energy is committed to implementing the privatisation programme to increase the production capacity of water and electricity to meet development needs in partnership with the private sector. This will help the Abu Dhabi government in achieving its goal of creating a sustainable water and electricity that ensures optimum utilisation of resources. He also pointed out that the Taweelah A2 plant is a success story as one of the plants under the privatisation programme for the utility sector, which has succeeded in attracting leading international companies and forging alliances with them. According to him, “The program also helped in developing services, increasing government revenues and enhancing the rate of Emiratisation in private companies, in line with the government’s efforts to doubling the number of UAE nationals working in the private sector by 2021.” Ahmed Bin Abbood Al Adawi, executive managing director of ECPC, said, “This initiative is a major step towards the Emiratisation of the energy sector, which is among the strategic priorities of our wise leadership confident in Emiratis’ capabilities in advancing one of the most vital sectors of the economy that promote the inclusive and sustainable development process in Abu Dhabi.” “Qualified Emiratis working with Emirates CMS Power Company have significantly increased by 50 per cent, particularly in the technical section. This shows the efficiency of the Emiratis and their ability to play a key role in exploring and shaping the future of energy, based on the strong foundations of innovation, sustainability and excellence,” Al Adawi noted.


UAE is using, on a trial basis, salt-tolerant algae, also known as halophytic algae, as a natural and sustainable method to decrease salinity in seawater.

UAE is using, on a trial basis, salt-tolerant algae — also known as halophytic algae — as a natural and sustainable method to decrease salinity in seawater. “Once proved cost-effective, this cutting-edge technology will make the UAE the first country in the world to use salt-tolerant algae to desalinate water,” the minister said. Some species of salt-tolerant algae can absorb up to 50 times more salt than the concentration of salt in the water they inhabit, making them a natural way to desalinate water for portable use. In addition, the growing algae can be used to mitigate carbon dioxide from point source emissions. Once the algae has been used for desalination, it can then be harvested and used as a raw material for biofuel production to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Al Mazroui said while complete desalination can’t be achieved with algae alone, this method can serve as a pre-treatment to other desalination technologies, reducing the energy footprint and financial costs of desalination while making the process more sustainable, reported Gulf News


ADNOC awarded Samsung Engineering at Ruwais Industrial Complex

ADNOC Refining has awarded a $473 million contract to Samsung Engineering has been to deliver a new power & water generation plant for the Abu Dhabi oil giant. The Waste Heat Recovery Project (WHRP) will be constructed at the Ruwais Industrial Complex, 240km west of Abu Dhabi city and will provide additional power and fresh water to the facility when it comes on stream in 2023. The scope of work includes the installation of heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) as well as a new steam turbine and generator (STG) desalination unit. Samsung Engineering has previously delivered six projects in the Ruwais complex. Existing experienced manpower, equipment, facilities and partner networks will be an integral part of delivering this project safely and on schedule, Samsung said. “We are proud to have been selected again by ADNOC who are a key partner for Samsung in the region and continue playing an active part in helping to deliver the nation’s 2030 Economic Vision, in particular making a strong investment in the local supply chain,” said Samsung Engineering’s President & CEO Sungan Choi.


FEWA launches new project to establish desalination plant – UAE

The Director General of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, unveiled the implementation of a project to establish a new desalination plant in UAQ, with a production capacity of 45m gallons per day, at a cost of Dhs900m. According to Saleh, the project is expected to take two years to be implemented, in partnership with the independent producer. Saleh added that the implementation of the project is part of the strategic plans of the FEWA which is keen to provide services at distinct levels contributing to the development of infrastructure of facilities to meet the growing needs in various areas of UAQ. He also pointed out that FEWA implemented a number of developmental projects in the water sector in Ajman and UAQ during 2017 and has completed the necessary studies to implement a number of new projects which are expected to be completed over the next two years.


Besix opens Desalination plant in Ajman – UAE

Belgian construction group Besix has announced the opening of a water recycling station in Ajman, UAE, following a major renovation work which will now boost its per day production capacity to 2.2 million gallons from the previous 300,000 gallons. The Safi Water Recycling Station, located at the Al Jurf Industrial Area, has been renovated at a cost of Dh30 million ($8.16 million), reported state news agency Wam. The facility will first obtain water from the Ajman Sewage Treatment Plant which will then be processed through micro-filtration and reverse osmosis process to make it pure. It will be later distributed across the emirate for industrial and commercial purposes round-the-clock, it stated. The Safi Water Recycling Station was opened by HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman in the presence of senior government officials. Following the opening, Sheikh Humaid was shown around the station and briefed about the state-of-the-art-technology used in the desalination process, said the report. Lauding the project, Sheikh Humaid said Safi Water Recycling Station marks a qualitative leap in areas of water recycling for industrial and commercial businesses in the emirate, it added. (LINK)

IDA Conference 2018 in Dubai – UAE – Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that Dubai will host the International Desalination Association’s 2019 World Congress on water Desalination. Previously, the congress was held in Dubai in 2009.

The conference will be held in 2019, coinciding with the 21st Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), which will be held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA.

Al Tayer highlighted that DEWA is currently desalinating water in Dubai through Combined Cycle Co-Generation. This is an efficient process that uses using heat from the production of electricity for water desalination, using Multi-Stage Flash distillation. This produces 67% of its water without burning fuel. DEWA also uses Reverse Osmosis to desalinate water, a proven technology that is also used around the world, to manage the considerable power generated by clean energy. DEWA adopts a clear strategy to ensure that by 2030, 100% of desalinated water will be produced by a mix of clean energy that uses both renewable energy and waste heat. This will allow Dubai to exceed global targets for using clean energy to desalinate water. So, DEWA 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.

“DEWA has also launched an innovative initiative to study the possibility of injecting and storing desalinated water within subterranean water basins and being able to pump it back into the water network when needed. The project is based on the latest innovative technologies to achieve operational efficiency in the water network. Studies have shown that it is possible to store 5,100 million gallons of water that can be retrieved when needed. This technology is more cost-effective than the conventional way of storing water in concrete reservoirs. In conclusion, I would like to thank you all for your presence, and your commendable efforts to enhance Dubai’s status as a global destination for tourism and conferences. We value your daily quest to communicate our vision to the local community, and the world. We look forward to your participation in the coverage of the IDA World Congress on water Desalination, in 2019,” concluded Al Tayer.

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Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), is taking on the challenge with smart water-storage tanks and utility tracking software

SEWA aims to increase the availability of fresh water from 50 million gallons to 500 million gallons per day over the next five years and save 17 million gallons of water per day from being wasted.

Going With the Flow –

The utility’s water-storage system consists of numerous tanks fitted with sensors that analyze the levels and quality of fresh water. Signals are sent from the sensors via digital transmitters to an online instrumentation panel, which pumps chemicals into the tank to treat the water for impurities. The final product is pumped into clean water tanks, fed into the water main, and then distributed to homes and businesses.

The cost to operate the sensor-based system will be much less than the cost of traditional desalination, which now accounts for more than 90% of the UAE’s total water supply and costs the country about $3 billion per year to process.

Desalination requires significant energy to pump the seawater through special filters and boil it to remove the salt. The resulting brine is then dumped back into the Persian Gulf, making the seawater even saltier and requiring additional energy to desalinate it again.