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TAQA signs MoU for desalination plant in Ajman

Deal inked with FEWA to develop 30 MIGD facility at Al Zawra

The desalination plant is to be built in Al Zawra in Ajman.
The desalination plant is to be built in Al Zawra in Ajman.

TAQA, the Abu Dhabi-based international energy and water company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) to develop a standalone seawater desalination plant in Al Zawra, Ajman.

Al Zawra independent water project (IWP) will have a capacity of 30mn imperial gallons per day (MIGD), enough to supply 250,000 people in the Northern Emirates with clean drinking water.

Construction is expected to start in early 2015 and the plant would begin commercial operations in 2017.

The agreement was signed in Abu Dhabi by HE Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, director general of FEWA, and Carl Sheldon, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA). HE Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and chairman of Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) and HE Hamad Al-Hurr Al-Suwaidi, chairman of TAQA.

HE Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, said: “The Al Zawra project demonstrates the UAE’s determination to develop and apply new technologies that will protect the security of water supply while actively working towards greater energy efficiency.”

H.E. Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, director general of FEWA, added: "The Northern Emirates are developing at an increasing pace and the demand for water will continue to grow. FEWA has allocated significant funds for developing water and electricity projects there, over the coming three years. Al Zawra is a crucial element in that strategy.”

The Ajman facility will use the reverse osmosis process, where salt and impurities are removed from the water by pushing it through a semi-permeable membrane.

According to the development plan, the project would be owned by FEWA and TAQA, underpinned by a long-term water purchase agreement with FEWA and funded with project finance.

TAQA supplies 98% of Abu Dhabi’s power and water requirements but also has plants that supply the Emirates of Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Sharjah with clean water.

FEWA has reverse osmosis desalination plants in the emirate of Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain with a total production capacity of 50 MIGD.

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