Degremont to construct desalination plants in Abu Dhabi and Oman

desalplant-tomarthur-flickrDegremont will design, construct and operate two desalination plants in Abu Dhabi and Oman. (Image source: Tom Arthur/Flickr) French water and waste management company Degremont has been chosen to design, construct and operate a desalination plant at the Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP) in Abu Dhabi for US$233mn

Degremont, a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, has been chosen by Hyundai Engineering & Construction to build a reverse osmosis (RO) seawater desalination plant at the Mirfa IWPP, stated officials from Suez Environnement. It will be equipped with SeaDaf filtration technology to pre-treat the water from the Gulf, with a double reverse osmosis (RO) treatment for its desalination. The treated water will be used to satisfy the emirate’s water requirements.

Project officials stated that an RO seawater desalination plant with a capacity of 140,000 sqm would be designed and constructed for US$186mn. This would be followed by a contract for the maintenance and operation of the RO plant, worth US$46mn.

In addition, the French company has secured another contract to design, build and operate a wastewater treatment plant at Al-Amerat in Oman for US$939mn. Degremont has partnered with Omani civil engineering company Al-Ansari Trading Enterprise LLC for two years to operate and maintain the plant.

Officials from Suez Environnement added that the plant will use the UltraforTM membrane bio reactor process, appropriate for treating urban and industrial wastewater.

Following treatment, this technology produces an effluent that can meet the most stringent water standards and allows the effluents to be recycled and reused in the most sensitive environments. The treated water in the Al-Amerat wastewater treatment plant will be used for irrigation.

Marie-Ange Debon, deputy CEO at Suez Environnement, said, “We are proud to have won these two new contracts in this region which must meet the dual challenge of demographic growth and protection of its water resources. They demonstrate our capacity to offer sustainable technological solutions in response to the challenge of local water stress challenges.”

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