UAE Minister inaugurates 1st phase of Umm Al Qaiwain desalination plant

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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UAE’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Mr. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei has stated that the desalination plant project in Umm Al Qaiwain is the largest in the country’s north.

He said that it would offer world-class quality water using the best standards for the marine environment and water desalination, and it was implemented with high efficiency in delivering an environmental footprint.

The facility is being built on 250,000 square meters at the cost of about $598 million (AED2.2 billion), Mr. Al Mazrouei said, while inaugurating the first phase of the project. The project is part of the UAE’s efforts to improve water production in order to meet rising demand.

It will generate 50 million imperial gallons per daily (MIGD), while the total production capacity will reach 150 MIGD once commissioned. Based on Reverse Osmosis Technology, the project is expected to be commercially operational in the third quarter of 2022.

He expressed his happiness at the project’s first phase being completed during the country’s celebrations of its Golden Jubilee, and the start of the production of the plant. It is one of the most important initiatives that will help to fulfill the goals of the National Water Security Strategy 2036.

“With the inauguration of the first phase, two tanks with a capacity of 30 million gallons each will be operated,” he explained.

He also praised the partners’ contributions to the project’s implementation, despite the challenges the world witnessed. “They completed the first phase 10 days ahead of schedule by working with team spirit and implementing it with high quality, with approximately five to six million working hours without injuries,” according to the statement.

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