DEWA hands $4.4m deal for Dubai desalination plant

An international company has been awarded an advisory services contract for a reverse osmosis desalination plant that is to be operational by April 2020

A reverse osmosis desalination plant will be developed at Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS). [Image: Dubai Media Office]
A reverse osmosis desalination plant will be developed at Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS). [Image: Dubai Media Office]

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced it has awarded an advisory services contract for a reverse osmosis desalination plant at the Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS).

The $4.4m (AED16.3m) contract has been handed to an international company that is yet to be revealed.

DEWA managing director and CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said the desalination plant will have a total capacity of 40 million gallons per day and will be operational by April 2020. 

He added: "In adherence with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, DEWA is working to retrofit existing plants with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.

"The plants use multi-stage flash distillation (MSF) technology, and need to be connected to a central solar plant, so this includes the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

"DEWA has chosen to use reverse osmosis technology, as it uses about 90% less power than MSF technology," Al Tayer added.

Most plants in Dubai use MSF technology, with 6% of these using reverse osmosis, Dubai Media Office reported.

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