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UAE’s FEWA to build two desalination plants in Umm Al Quwain

The project is part of FEWA's strategic plan to improve its services and give a boost to the utility infrastructure facilities all over the country

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The UAE’s Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) will build two new seawater desalination plants in the Northern emirate of Umm Al Quwain.

The new plants, estimated to cost around $245.2mn will help to boost water supply in Umm al Quwain amidst growing demand driven by increased population and industrialisation.

"The two new water desalination stations will be producing 45 million gallons of water on a daily basis,” said Mohammed Saleh, director-general of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA).

The mega project is expected to be completed after two years, he added. "The opening of tenders will be done in the coming two weeks."

The project is one of the strategic plans of Fewa to improve its services and give a boost to the infrastructure facilities all over the country, said Saleh. "Fewa has carried out a number of important development projects in the water sector of Ajman and Umm Al Quwain this year."

Water desalination remains the key source of potable water in the UAE and entire GCC.

There have been growing calls for increased efficiency in water production to lessen the amount of fossil fuels involved in the process. Reverse Osmosis has over the years taken over as the most efficient desalination method as opposed to multi-effect distillation (MED).

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