Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the infrastructures, energy and water sectors, has received the order to start early works, in a consortium with the engineering and construction company SEPCOIII, by the company leader in the development, investment, ownership and operation of energy generation and desalinated water, ACWA Power, for the engineering, supply and construction of what will be the largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in the world. It will be located in Taweelah power and water generation complex, 45 km north of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The project is valued in an amount higher than 700 MUSD, with Abengoa’s part of approximately 243 MUSD in the next three years.
With a capacity of 909,000 m3/d, it will guarantee supply to the city of Abu Dhabi throughout the year and will be the first large scale desalination plant in the emirate that combines the production of drinking water with the generation of clean energy, thanks to the installation of a photovoltaic solar field of more than 40 MWp of power. Thus, it will be possible to reduce, in a sustainable way, the energy demand of the desalination plant.
Specifically, the scope of the project includes the collection of seawater, pumping, pretreatment, reverse osmosis system with energy recovery, post-treatment, pumping station, product water storage, effluent treatment, discharge by outfall and field solar photovoltaic, as well as the associated electrical installations that comprise the construction of an electrical substation of 132/34.5 kV.