Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received five advisory bids on its water desalination project in Hassyan.
The plant is expected to come into operation in 2023 and will have the capacity to produce 120 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD). It is the first Independent Water Project (IWP) in Dubai.
DEWA received bids from Cranmore Partners from the UAE and UK, Synergy from India and the USA, Deloitte from the USA, PricewaterhouseCoopers from the UK, and Ernst & Young from the UK.
The plant will use Sea Water Reverse Osmosis technology, and it will support DEWA’s efforts to meet the growing demand for water in the emirate.
“At DEWA, we work to achieve the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide a robust infrastructure based on the highest international standards to meet the growing demand for energy and water in Dubai. This equates with the population increase in Dubai and its comprehensive development. The IWP model builds on the great success we achieved using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park’s projects. We expect the project to start production in 2023,” said H E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
Tayer said that DEWA intends to desalinate all its water using clean energy by 2030. Studies by DEWA have shown the technical, economical and environmental benefits of replacing Multi-Stage Flash (MSF) desalination technology with solar-powered reverse osmosis technology.