Dubai awards $237mn contract for desalination plant

Deal for Jebel Ali plant is awarded to joint venture of ACCIONA Agua and Belhasa Six Construct


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded an AED871 million ($237 million) contract for the construction of a desalination plant in Jebel Ali.

The deal for the 40 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) reverse osmosis plant was awarded to a joint venture comprising ACCIONA Agua and Belhasa Six Construct (BeSIX).

The new plant is expected to be commissioned by May 2020 to meet the reserve margin criterion set for peak water demand for the year 2020 and beyond.

“DEWA continuously works to enhance the efficiency and reliability of the water network, increase water flow to fulfil increasing demand for water in all parts of Dubai, and raise the volume of the emirate’s water reserves and support sustainable development,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

“This project is in line with our decoupling plans for water desalination and power production and water desalination using solar energy. The big projects launched by DEWA have contributed in reducing the production cost of electricity through solar energy on a global level, and we continue to decouple electricity production from water desalination to obtain 100 percent desalinated water using a mix of clean energy and waste heat by 2030," he added.


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