Xylem wins contract for pretreatment system in UAE

gulfofoman  Bryn PinzgauerWater from the Gulf of Oman is often subject to harmful algal blooms, which the water treatment system will seek to remove. (Image source: Bryn Pinzgauer/Flickr)Water technology company Xylem has announced that it has won a contract to provide a dissolved air floatation pretreatment system to help ensure an uninterrupted potable water supply to Abu Dhabi and the east coast of the UAE

The source water in the Gulf of Oman is subject to harmful algal blooms, sometimes termed 'red tides', which are aquatic blooms that contain large concentrations of potentially toxic microorganisms.

Xylem claimed that its Leopold Clari-DAF system will be more than 95 per cent effective in removing these microorganisms prior to desalination ensuring the production of clean, fresh drinking water.

Xylem will develop the new pretreatment DAF system for the Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP), owned by Emirates Sembcorp Water & Power Company (ESC), a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), Sembcorp Industries and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA).

The new system will have a capacity of 136,000 cubic meters (cu m) per day to accommodate an anticipated 15 per cent increase in the population by 2016. It will serve both the existing and new seawater reverse osmosis plants, which have a combined capacity of 306,760 cu m per day and will be one of the world’s largest operating desalination plants.

Xylem product manager for desalination pretreatment Safwat Gergis said, “We have almost 30 years of experience developing and supplying reverse osmosis pretreatment systems in the Middle East.

“We are looking forward to working on this exciting project and helping to address the unique water challenges in this region of the Arabian Gulf.”

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