PROJECTS: Abu Dhabi needs 170 MIGD new desalination capacity to serve demand

UAE to lead the region in decoupling water and electricity generation

  
A tour guide walks past the filters in the Reverse Osmosis Building during tour of the Carlsbad Desalination plant in Carlsbad, California, December 14, 2015. Image used for illustrative purposes.

A tour guide walks past the filters in the Reverse Osmosis Building during tour of the Carlsbad Desalination plant in Carlsbad, California, December 14, 2015. Image used for illustrative purposes.

REUTERS/Earnie Grafton

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) has recommended significant investment in new Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination capacity in Abu Dhabi to boost sustainable water production in the emirate.  

EWEC made the recommendation in its latest ‘Statement of Future Capacity Requirements 2021-2027’ 

The investment recommendation includes 170 million gallons per day (MIGD) of new RO desalination capacity to serve existing demand, a press statement on the report from the Abu Dhabi Media Office said. 

New RO desalination will not only increase EWEC’s water desalination capacity, but also boost the system efficiency and reduce the overall cost of production by increasing the reserve margin of installed desalination capacity above peak demand from 2022 onwards, the press statement said, citing the Report. 

"Increased investment in RO projects means we can lead the region in decoupling water and electricity generation, using significantly less energy-intensive technology to produce water, reduce carbon emissions, and reduce costs,” said Bruce Smith, Forecasting and Planning Director at EWEC. 

(Writing by Anoop Menon; Editing by Seban Scaria) 

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com

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