Kuwait inaugurates Az Zour desalination plant
Officials unveil 136,000 m3/d Veolia-built project opened in July.
Kuwait has cut the ribbon on the Az Zour South desalination plant six months after the project produced its first drop of clean water.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by HE Abdulaziz Abdullatif Al-Ibrahim, minister of public works and minister of electricity and water in Kuwait, Laurent Fabius, french minister of foreign affairs and international development; Antoine Frerot, chairman of Veolia; and Christian Nakhle, French ambassador to Kuwait.
Veolia was selected in 2011 to build the 136,000 m3 per day plant, which uses reverse osmosis membrane technology, 100 kms south of Kuwait City. The French firm will operate and maintain the facility for duration of 5 years up to 2019.
The technical originality of the project lies in the configuration of its water intake. Veolia implemented a pumping system on the discharge canal coming from the cooling system of the adjacent power station.
The properties of water taken differ from those of raw seawater, to the extent that the same will be chlorinated and its temperature will be above usual standards. It results in CAPEX and energy savings during the whole life cycle of the plant.