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Second Palm Water RO unit nears completion

Facility will double company's current capacities on Palm Jumeirah

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Palm Water managing director Dr Imad Haffar.
Palm Water managing director Dr Imad Haffar.

A second reverse osmosis plant on the Palm Jumeirah should come online in the first quarter of 2010, thereby doubling Dubai utility Palm Water’s daily and storage capacities for desalinated water.

The new facility is the exact twin of Palm Water’s current plant, which has a daily capacity of 32,000 cubic metres of water, together with a strategic reserve of 32,000 cubic metres.

“Our current facility is already providing water for all the apartments on the Crescent, as well as to some parts of the Trunk and Fronds, and I’m proud to say it also incorporates state-of-the-art technology filtration and energy-capturing systems,” Dr Imad Haffar, managing director of Palm Water, told Utilities Middle East.

The second plant is around a kilometre away from the company’s existing facility on the Crescent, and is scheduled to be operational in five to six months, Haffar added.

“For both of these plants, we have paid a much higher sum in order to utilise filtration systems that use a minimal amount of chemicals. We use more flushing, together with a very effective energy recovery system that works on the pressure differential between our various water products,” the Palm Water executive said.

The company’s energy recovery system – the only one of its kind in the GCC – recaptures and reuses as much as much 12% of the energy used within the plant.

Read the full interview with Dr Imad Haffar in the October edition of Utilities Middle East.

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