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Fewa, Acwa Power, and Mubadala to co-own UAE desalination plant

Construction on the Northern Emirates' largest desalination plant will begin in H2 2019, with ops due from 2021

The Northern Emirates' largest desal plant is set to be built.
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The Northern Emirates' largest desal plant is set to be built.

The UAE's Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa), Saudi Arabia's Acwa Power, and MDC Power Holding Co – an entity owned by Mubadala Investment Company – will share stakes in a water desalination plant in Umm Al Quwain.

As part of the agreement, Fewa will hold 20% of the plant, while Acwa Power and Mubadala will each own 40%.

The government of Umm Al Quwain will join as a partner in the project and will own a stake at a later date.

The plant, which will be used to remove salt from 150 million gallons of seawater, will be the largest desalination project in the UAE's Northern Emirates.

Construction of the plant will begin in the second half of 2019, with initial water production scheduled in 2021.

The project is part of the UAE’s effort to optimise water production and meet the increasing demand for water in the country.

Commenting on the development in an Acwa Power statement, Fewa director general, Mohammad Mohammad Saleh, said: “Fewa will continue to achieve its ambitious vision of meeting the growing water demands in the Northern Emirates by improving and investing in its water facilities infrastructure and seeking to adapt new technologies to enhance sustainable developments.”

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