In June 2014, SUEZ was awarded by Masdar, a contract to build and operate a seawater desalination pilot plant able to be powered by renewable energy and with minimal environmental impact. The challenge is key for a region experiencing strong population growth, urban development and sustained economic growth, with limited water resources.
Today, the construction is completed, and the plant is currently being inaugurated in the presence of Ministers and High Representatives from the United Arab Emirates: HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber–Minister of State, Chairman of Masdar, HE Suhail Al Mazrooi–Minister of Energy and HE Dr Rashid Bin Fahed–Minister of Environment and Water and of Pierre Pauliac, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ Middle East.
The project based in Ghantoot, 90 kilometers northwest of Abu Dhabi, covers the design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and evaluation of the pilot plant, over a period of 18 months. The pilot plant’s inauguration is initiating the operational phase. SUEZ has successfully passed the water production and water quality tests, in terms of performance and compliance with Masdar’s requirements. SUEZ’s plant reaches the potable water production of 100m3per day with an electrical energy consumption of less than 3.6 kWh/m3, thus offering more energy-efficiency than the current state-of-the-art desalination systems.