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Abdul Latif Jameel to embark on cleaner desalination

The company hopes to leverage its experience in renewable energy to shore up regional efforts for cleaner desalination

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Abdul Latif Jameel Energy (ALJ Energy), headquartered in Saudi Arabia, has said that it plans to integrated renewable energy in its desalination processes as part of its sustainability strategy.

The company hopes to leverage its experience in renewable energy to shore up regional efforts for cleaner desalination.

“We are looking at working between [our] water and the power teams to develop a carbon neutral desalination approach, to be able to desalinate with renewable energy,” the company’s chief executive officer Roberto de Diego in an interview with The National.

The firm is “looking internally” at integrating solar and wind power solutions into desalination plants, which are typically highly energy-intensive.

“[It will] depend on the geographic conditions of where the desalination plant will be,” said Mr de Diego Arozamena.

“The solar or wind plant doesn’t necessarily have to be in the same place; [much depends on] the regulations to provide electricity to the desalination project.” he said.

As Saudi Arabia privatises its water and electricity distribution services, ALJ Energy is likely to be among the top beneficiaries as it targets both greenfield and brownfield desalination opportunities.

The company has prequalified to bid for the world’s largest desalination facility in Abu Dhabi, a 200 million Imperial gallon-a-day project announced earlier this month by the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (Adwea).

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