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Abu Dhabi hosts MENA DESALINATION PROJECTS Conference Next March
(22 February 2019)


A report issued by BNC, the research and business networking company, which has the largest database of projects in the region, revealed that the UAE is leading the region in establishing desalination plants with an investment value of AED 4.75 billion, distributed over two Desalination plants operating by reverse osmosis system.

The Taweelah plant in Abu Dhabi, scheduled to be completed in the Q4 2022, and the plant at Jebel Ali in Dubai, scheduled to be completed by Q2 of next year. The total value of investment in the top 10 water desalination plants being developed in the MENA region amounts to AED 19.3 billion, with a UAE share of AED 4.7 billion, while the Saudi Arabia's share amounts for AED 5.6 billion, 4 billion for Jordan, 1.84 billion for Oman, 1.83 billion Egypt 1.3 billion for Morocco.

Commenting on the launch of the first edition of MENA Desalination Projects Conference, Eng. Rashid Al Lim, Chairman of SEWA highlighted the importance of the event hosted in Abu Dhabi, which comes at a time when there is a need for sustainable water sources to keep pace with expansion witnessed by the countries of the region and the UAE in particular, and the urgent desire to find innovative, economical and environmentally friendly means of water desalination, which is a challenge for governments and concerned international organizations.

He added: “GCC countries have the highest global water desalination capacity of 81% while running production of around 40% per cent of total world water desalination. This which explains, on one hand, the development of 289 desalination plants on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. the gathering of the sector’s big players to showcase their innovations to comfort Water desalination capabilities and provided economic and eco-friendly impacts of this activity. "

30 speakers, 40 exhibitors from 40 countries & 300 attendees are gathering at MENA Desalination Projects Under the theme of  “’Evaluating Innovations in Desalination for Current & Future Projects”. The first edition of MENA Desalination Projects conference will take place in Abu Dhabi next month, as a milestone event in water desalination field, especially with billions of dollars’ worth projects that aim to adopt the latest environmentally friendly desalination methods.

Participating in the a gathering of 300 desalination & technology experts, including 6 C level executives from key government entities such as: Saline Water Conversion Company (KSA), Department of Energy (UAE), Sharjah Water & Electricity Authority SEWA, Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (EGYPT), Water and Electricity Company (KSA), Ministry of Electricity & Water Kuwait (KUWAIT), Public Authority for Water and Electricity DIAM (OMAN), in addition to top EPC Contractors in the region,  Acwa Power, Acciona, GDF, Engie, Besix, Abengoa. Plus, a group of top consultants in the region such as Mott MacDonald, WSP & Atkins. Besix, Acciona Agua, ACWA Power, "For Contracting, Axiona Aqua Middle East, AquaPower, DLA Piper, and other major players in the field.

The MENA Desalination Projects conference is chaired by Dr. Corrado Sommariva CEO & Founder, SWPC, leading the discussion of 30 Chairmen, Managing Directors, CEOs, Water Sector Leaders, Project Managers. 

Dr. Sommariva emphasized that “There is a revolution in the sector seeing the fleet of thermal desalination plants are going to be obsolete and this is the right time to explore alternative sustainable ways for water desalination”.

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