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Sembcorp starts work on Fujairah IWPP expansion

US $200 million project will increase desalination capacity.

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A view of Fujairah IWPP.
A view of Fujairah IWPP.

Sembcorp Industries has celebrated the groundbreaking on a US $200 million expansion project for its Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP), which will increase the plant's seawater desalination capacity by 30 million imperial gallons per day (MiGD).

The extra output will be produced using reverse osmosis technology, and the plant will be the largest of its kind in the Middle East.

The plant is being built following the signing of a 20-year supply agreement with the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company in January this year. This is in addition to an existing 22-year deal for the plant’s current output.

Fujairah 1 Independent Water & Power Plant (IWPP) will be owned and operated by Emirates Sembcorp Water & Power Company (ESC) - a joint venture between a Sembcorp subsidiary and Union Power Holding, which is a division of Abu Dhabi's national energy company, TAQA. Sembcorp holds a 40% stake in the JV.

The plant is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2015.

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