Abengoa will build a desalination plant in the United Arab Emirates for US $700 million

Abengoa will begin the construction of a reverse osmosis desalination plant of 909,000 cubic meters per day in Taweelah (United Arab Emirates), which will be the world’s largest plant for this technology.

The project is valued at more than US $700 million, of which US $243 million correspond to Abengoa in the next three years, as reported by the Sevillian firm to the National Commission of the Stock Market (CNMV).

Specifically, Abengoa has received the order to begin construction work on the desalination plant, forming part of a consortium with Sepco III.

In addition, the project will be the first desalination plant of the emirate on a large scale that combines the production of potable water with the generation of clean energy, thanks to the installation of a photovoltaic solar field of more than 40 megawatts (MW) of power. In this way, the energy demand of the desalination plant will be reduced in a sustainable manner.

What does the project include?

The scope of the project includes the collection of seawater, pumping, pre-treatment, reverse osmosis system with energy recovery, post-treatment, pumping station, product water storage, effluent treatment, discharge by emissary and photovoltaic solar field, as well as the associated electrical installations that comprise the construction of an electrical substation of 132 / 34.5 kV.

This project, located on the Persian Gulf coast, is part of the plan developed by the Government of the United Arab Emirates to encourage private participation in the development of the country’s infrastructure. The desalination plant will have the capacity to supply approximately four and a half million people.

The group chaired by Gonzalo Urquijo is consolidated with this project as one of the leading companies in the desalination sector worldwide, with an installed capacity of 1.5 million cubic meters per day, which will be expanded to 3.7 million when the project is completed.

In addition, Abengoa strengthens its presence in the Middle East, where it is currently running the desalination plants of Rabigh III, of 600,000 cubic meters per day, and of ShuaibahIII, of 250,000 cubic meters per day, in Saudi Arabia, and the Salalah desalination plant, of 114,000 meters Cubic daily, in Oman.

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