DEWA’s Jebel Ali SWRO desalination project 13.6 per cent complete

AL Tayer dewaSaeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has reviewed the progress on the seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO)-based desalination plant at the DEWA Jebel Ali Power Plant and Desalination Complex

Al Tayer was briefed on the project’s progress, which is 13.6 per cent complete. The civil construction works, drilling and site processing have commenced and concrete work began in February 2019.

He reiterated that the project meets the highest standards of health, safety and quality.

DEWA awarded a US$237.14mn contract for the construction of the SWRO-based desalination plant in Jebel Ali to a joint venture comprising ACCIONA Agua SA and Belhasa Six Construct (BeSIX). The new plant is being developed as a brownfield seawater desalination plant and associated facilities, with the selected desalination technology being SWRO, double pass reverse osmosis including pre-treatment facilities.

This 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.

This project is in line with DEWA’s decoupling plans for water desalination and power production and water desalination using solar power. The projects launched by DEWA aim to reduce the production cost of electricity through solar energy on a global level.

DEWA said that it further aims to decouple electricity production from water desalination to obtain 100 per cent desalinated water using a mix of clean energy and waste heat by 2030.

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