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Acciona, Besix make progress on Dewa desalination plant in Dubai

Both contractors are working on the Jebel Ali seawater desal plant, which is currently 13% complete, under a $237m deal

Acciona and Besix are building Dewa's desalination plant in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
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Acciona and Besix are building Dewa's desalination plant in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

Construction of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (Dewa) seawater desalination plant in Jebel Ali, being implemented by Acciona and Belhasa Six Construct (Besix), has noted major progress.

Civil construction, drilling, and site processing have commenced after concrete works kicked off earlier this month.

The desalination plant uses reverse osmosis technology to produce clean energy that will fuel water desalination in an environment-friendly process.

Still in its early stages, the water complex is approximately 13% complete, and Dewa said it hoped to commence operations on the large-scale plant in Jebel Ali by May 2020.

Belgium-based builder Besix and Madrid-headquartered Acciona are building the project. The contract was awarded to the joint venture company created by Besix and Acciona Agua, with the deal valued at $237m (AED871m).

An update on the water plant came after HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, inspected progress on the complex alongside high-ranked Dewa executives.

The project is being built to advance Dewa’s strategy to decouple plans for water desalination and power production, as well as water desalination using solar energy, the government authority said in a statement.

By splitting up energy production and water desalination, Dewa hopes it will be able to produce all of the desalinated water it is required to deliver using a combination of clean energy and excess heat by 2030.

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