Degremont to build $147mn desal plant in Abu Dhabi
Reverse osmosis sea water desalination plant to be located at Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project
Degrémont, a subsidiary of Suez Environment, has been selected by Hyundai Engineering & Construction to build the reverse osmosis sea water desalination plant at the Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project (Mirfa IWPP) in Abu Dhabi.
Degremont's €117mn ($147mn) contract covers the design and construction of the facility which will have a daily capacity of 140,000 m3.
It will be equipped with SeaDaf™ filtration technology to pre-treat the water from the Arabian Gulf, which is turbid and rich in algae, with a double reverse osmosis treatment for its desalination. It will be followed by a second contract of seven years for the RO plant’s operation and maintenance awarded to Degrémont by the Mirfa International Power & Water Company for a total amount of €29mn ($36.5mn).
Located 160km west of Abu Dhabi, the Mirfa IWPP comprising the desalination plant will supply 240,000 m3/day of drinking water and 1,600 megawatts of electricity to respond to the region’s growing demand for drinking water and electricity. The choice of reverse osmosis desalination appears to be a sustainable solution to the region’s challenges with regard to water stress and conserving resources.
The Mirfa IWPP was awarded to GDF Suez by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA).
Degrémont is also part of a joint venture with Oman's Al Ansari Trading Entreprise to design and operate a 18,000 m3/day capacity wastewater treatment plant in Muscat under a $62.9mn contract.