United Arab Emirates

Utico wins Hassyan water reservoir project contract – United Arab Emirates

Utico, a full service utility company in Middle East and the only private water and power company in the UAE, said it has secured a a major contract from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) for the development of its 120 million imperial gallons (MIG) Hassyan water reservoir project.

The Hassyan IWP project’s storage reservoir is for 60 MIG expandable to 120 MIG, while the desalination plant project capacity is 120 MIG per day with facilities to expand to 240 MIGD production per day. 

This $80-million contract comes as an addition to the largest Independent Water Project (IWP) in Dubai – the Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) – which is a game-changer for its world’s lowest water tariff and potential to be expanded to the largest desalination project globally, said the statement from Utico.

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Acciona announces completion of Jebel Ali SWRO desalination plant – United Arab Emirates

Following achieving a major construction milestone, Acciona says that the Jebel Ali Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant is now producing water at 100% capacity. 

The desalination plant was built by Acciona and Besix and is owned by Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).

According to a statement, the plant has begun its daily production of 182m liters of potable water and is already supplying the city’s water network.

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UAE Ministry of Energy to host Arab Water Forum – United Arab Emirates

The UAE Ministry of Energy is hosting the fifth Arab Water Forum (AWF5) later this year, which will focus on Arab water security for peace and sustainable development.

More than 800 high-level participants including industry experts and government officials will attend the forum that will take place in Abu Dhabi from September 21 to 23, the organisers said on Wednesday.

The event is backed by the Arab League and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt.

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Works on $598mn Umm Al Quwain water desalination plant over 70% complete – United Arab Emirates

Officials have announced that over 70% of works have been completed on a major water desalination project in Umm Al Quwain.

The new plant is being developed across an area of 250,000sqm and is being developed at a cost of $598m.

According to a statement, the desalination plant will have four networks, with two being connected to the water supplies of the new water distribution centre in Al Khuraija, Ras Al Khaimah, while another will be connected to water supplies in Al Burairat, and another in Umm Al Quwain.

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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.

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DEWA signs Water Purchase and Shareholder Agreements for $410mn Hassyan RO desalination Project – United Arab Emirates

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has today signed a 35-year Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) and the Shareholder Agreement (SHA) for the Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Plant, with UAE headquartered Utico.

The 120 Million Imperial Gallons per Day (MIGD) project will be built using the Independent Water Producer (IWP) model.

It is expected to be completed by March 2024 at a total cost of USD 410 million (around AED 1.5 billion).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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