RAK sets benchmark for recycling wastewater

RAK is promoting recycling wastewater for industrial use

Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, inaugurated the new plant.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, inaugurated the new plant.

Ras Al Khaimah is setting a new benchmark for the recycling of treated wastewater in the region with the official inauguration of a new pilot plant to promote the commercial viability of such a venture.

Constructed by turnkey contractor Hitachi Plant Technologies, with the backing of Al Ghurair, the 2 000 cubic metre a day membrane bio reactor (MBR) plant, together with a 1 000 cubic metre a day reverse osmosis (RO) wastewater recycling and treatment plant, will recycle wastewater for industrial use as an alternative to scarce potable water in the Al Ghail Industrial Park, which is under the auspices of the RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA).

The project was funded by the Japanese government’s R&D organisation NEDO (New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organisation) as a research project for wastewater recycling and treatment in the Emirate.

“The systems installed under this project are expected to reduce the energy requirement for water treatment by more than 30%, while providing a secure water supply,” said NEDO director-general: environment technology development department Tadahisa Okabe.

Construction was budgeted at US$4.5 million, while a further US$1 million will be made available annually during a three-year operational period, confirmed NEDO chief representative Takeshi Yoshida.

“The project aims to establish a business model. Upon its successful completion, the business of utilising treated wastewater for industries, irrigation and top-up water will be started,” said Al Ghurair vice-chairman Essa Al Ghurair.

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