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FEWA and Mubadala to develop desalination plants in UAE Northern Emirates

Three desalination plants to be built in Ras Al Khaimah, Um Al Quwain, and Fujairah under new agreement

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The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) and MDC Power Holding Company, an entity owned by Mubadala Investment Company, have signed an agreement and formed a consortium to co-develop desalination plants in the Northern Emirates.

The objective of the collaboration is to meet the growing water demand in the UAE by using an efficient water generation system, a statement said.

Mohammad Mohammad Saleh, director general, FEWA said: “The mandate is to develop three desalination plants to be located in the Northern Emirates for a total capacity of 135 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD), which will be developed in two phases in Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah."

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by 2021, he added.

Mohammed Al Huraimel, utilities director, Mubadala, added: “Mubadala is proud to partner with FEWA on this strategic project. This collaboration will leverage each entity’s unique capabilities.

"Together, with FEWA, our goal is to continue working on improving the overall power and water sector towards a highly efficient generation system while reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide, associated with the water desalination process in alignment with the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036.”

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