• 30 Jun 2013
  • Middle East

TAQA, Sembcorp and ADWEA celebrate the groundbreaking of seawater desalination expansion project in Fujairah, UAE

Fujairah, UAE, June 30, 2013 – Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) and its project partners, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Abu Dhabi-based global energy company TAQA, today celebrated the groundbreaking of the US$200 million expansion project for the Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP) in the UAE. Once complete, the expansion will increase the plant’s seawater desalination capacity by 30 million imperial gallons per day (MiGD). This additional output will be produced using reverse osmosis technology.The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Consul-General of Singapore in Dubai, His Excellency Cheong Ming Foong, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Regulations and Supervision Bureau (RSB), Nick Carter, as well as senior management representatives from Sembcorp and its project partners ADWEA and TAQA.The expansion, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015, will increase the capacity of Fujairah 1 IWPP from 100 MiGD to 130 MiGD, of which 67.5 MiGD will be produced using reverse osmosis process. The remaining 62.5 MiGD is produced using multi-stage flash technology. This combined reverse osmosis desalination capacity will make the Fujairah 1 IWPP the largest reverse osmosis desalination facility in the Middle East, and will be essential to help meet the expected increase in water demand in Abu Dhabi and the northern Emirates in the coming years.The 30 MiGD water output from the expansion will be sold to the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company (ADWEC) under a 20-year water purchase agreement, signed in January this year. This is in addition to the existing 22-year power and water purchase agreement with ADWEC for the plant’s current water and electricity output.The Fujairah 1 IWPP, one of the world’s largest operating hybrid desalination plants, is owned and operated by Emirates Sembcorp Water & Power Company (ESC), a joint venture between TAQA (54%), Sembcorp (40%) and ADWEA (6%).

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