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Water production gap "unsustainable"

Addressing rising GCC demand a focus of leading regional conference.

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Annual water consumption in the GCC is 26.5 billion cubic metres (Bcm) yet total production is only 7.1 Bcm/y, according to a recent White Paper by industry analysts Frost & Sullivan.

With groundwater supplies almost exhausted in some countries, there is an urgent need for new water supply projects to redress the 19.4 Bcm/y deficit.

Leaders in the region’s water and wastewater industry will be discussing how to best meet this gap at the upcoming Waterworld Middle East Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Abu Dhabi from 12-14 October.

“The recognised need to address the gap has attracted more than 100 water technology companies, service providers and equipment manufacturers to the region,” said Tom Freyberg, conference director for WaterWorld Middle East.

“It is the goal of our conference to bring technology leaders together with decision makers to enhance dialogue around best practices for asset management and wastewater management to address eminent water shortage challenges.”

To share advice and experience on delivering successful water projects, some of the region’s top consultants and service providers will take part in a panel debate on “Delivering Water Projects”, to take place on 13 October.

The panel features: Ghassan Ejjeh, senior vice president, BISEX, UAE; Dr Andrea Lovato, executive director – business development, ACWA Power; Xavier Joseph, CEO, Veolia, UAE; Robert Bryniak, CEO, Golden Sands Management Consulting; and, Jim Southworth, , general manager, Jim Southworth Consulting, UAE.

Leading projects that have recently come online to help address the increasing need for water in the region will also be reviewed during the conference.

For example, recently Spain’s Acciona Agua won a four-year, $40mn contract to provide operation and maintenance of the water supply network in New Cairo.

During the conference, Jose Diaz-Caneja, general director, Acciona Agua, will elaborate on his experience associated with rehabilitating Egypt’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

In Oman, the local Majis Industrial Services Company has sought bids for a contract to provide project management services to design and construct a second treated sewage effluent (TSE) plant at the Sohar Industrial Port Area in Northern Oman.

From Oman, David Harris from the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) will be joining Tim Kay from Black & Veatch and John Woodhouse of the Woodhouse partnership, to elaborate on the increasing importance of asset management in any corporate water strategy and the priority that needs to be given towards the implementation of sustainable practices.

Other organisations speaking at WaterWorld Middle East 2014 will include Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), the Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB), Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), CH2M Hill, Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction, and many others.

“The region’s own economic success is ironically driving the water shortage that could have the potential to stymie additional growth in the future,” said Freyberg.

“The Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company’s strategic tunnel engineering project (STEP) will deliver additional wastewater collection capacity to help address the demands created by the region’s growing population and economy.

“It’s a great example of one of the large scale engineering projects currently underway in the region. We encourage all delegates to sign up for the technical tour of the STEP project to see first-hand how Abu Dhabi is future proofing its infrastructure.”

The WaterWorld Middle East Conference and Exhibition will run in tandem with POWER-GEN Middle East from 12 to 14 October at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The event will bring together the region’s leading plant owners and operators, consultants, utilities, investors and academics, with representatives of over 80 companies from 30 countries.

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