GCC water plans valued at over $100bn
Spending on water sector will target desalination and wastewater tech
A report by Ventures Middle East has found that governments in the GCC have announced investment of over US $100 billion in their water sectors between 2011 and 2016. Funds have been targeted at improving desalination processes and maximising wastewater treatment and reuse.
The plans are a response to growing concerns about future water shortages, with joint research by the Euro Arab Organisation for Environment, Water and Desert Research and the University of Jordan suggesting that the Arab world could face a water crisis by 2025 if sustainable water management isn’t put in place now.
Amongst the projects underway are FEWA’s plans to implement ultrafiltration as a pre-treatment at its Al Zawrah seawater reverse osmosis plant in Ajman, and Abu Dhabi’s Mirfa plant expansion which will see capacity of 30 million gallons per day added to its desalination capacity.
“It is a well known fact that water is one of the scarcest resources in the MENA region and that Gulf countries are amongst the world’s top ten producers of desalinated water. Desalination currently provides two-thirds of the water requirements in MENA, and the new urgency and high priority assigned by governments to investments across the water desalination sector in the region is therefore not a surprise,” said H.E. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority Director General.