Spain's Abengoa announced on Monday that it has received an order, as part of a consortium with Chinese EPC contractor Sepco III, to start work on a 909,000 cubic metres per day (m3/day) desalination plant in Taweelah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In a stock exchange filing, the Spanish engineering and construction firm said the desalination project is valued at more than $700 million, with the company's share being approximately $243 million over the next three years.

In November last year, Reuters report, quoting a statement by Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, said the department was studying tenders for developing the Taweelah desalination plant.

In January 2018, Thomson Reuters Projects had reported that Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), the predecessor of Department of Energy, had invited expressions of interest for the development of the emirate's first Independent Water Project (IWP) - a 200 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) or 909,218 m3/day sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant within the Taweelah power and water complex.

Last month, Abengoa said it has been appointed by Sepco III for the construction of a 41,000 m3/day SWRO plant at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) complex in Jebel Ali, Dubai. The company is currently executing the 600,000 m3/day Rabigh III and 250,000 m3/day Shuaibah III desalination plants in Saudi Arabia and the 114,000 m3/day Salalah desalination plant in Oman.

(Writing by Anoop Menon; Editing by Michael Fahy)


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