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300 global experts at debut Abu Dhabi desalination summit

More than 300 experts from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) desalination sector along with leading companies from 40 countries across the globe are taking part in the debut edition of the MENA Desalination Projects conference which kicks off today (March 10) in Abu Dhabi.

The two-day event is being held under the theme "Evaluating Innovations in Desalination for Current & Future Projects,” at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in the UAE capital as a milestone event in water desalination field, especially with billions of dollars’ worth projects that aim to adopt the latest environment-friendly desalination methods.

It will also see a total of 30 speakers, 40 exhibitors from 40 countries and desalination and technology experts, including six C level executives from key government entities, said the organisers.

Participating government entities are UAE Department of Energy, the Water and Electricity Company in Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, the Public Authority for Electricity and Water in Oman, the Ministry of Electricity and Water of Kuwait and the Sharjah Electricity and Water Company.

The high profile gathering of 300 desalination and technology experts includes seven C-level executives from key government entities such as Taqa, Department of Energy (UAE), Sharjah Water and Electricity Authority (SEWA), Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (Egypt), Water and Electricity Company (Saudi Arabia), Ministry of Electricity and Water Kuwait, Public Authority for Water and Electricity DIAM (Oman), in addition to top EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractors in the region such as Acwa Power, Acciona, GDF, Engie, Besix and Abengoa.

Also, a group of top consultants in the region such as Mott MacDonald, WS Atkins, Besix, Acciona Agua, Acwa Power, "For contracting, Axiona Aqua Middle East, AquaPower, DLA Piper, and other major players in the field are taking part, stated the organisers.

The conference is chaired by Dr Corrado Sommariva, the CEO and founder of SWPC, leading the discussion of 30 chairmen, managing directors, CEOs, water sector leaders and project managers.

Engineer Abdullah Nasser Alzowaid, deputy governor for operation and maintenance at Saline Water Conversion Company (SWCC) will deliver the keynote address about its 2030 vision and upcoming desalination projects and an overview on the upcoming desalination plants to be delivered by 2022 in Saudi Arabia.

A report issued by BNC the research and business networking company revealed that the UAE is leading the region in establishing desalination plants with an investment value of Dh4.75 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.

Saudi Arabia is the most active in this regard with the development of three desalination plants at the same time Al Khobar desalination plant in the Eastern Province with a capacity of 210000 cu m of water per day, which opens in Q2 2021 Yanbu plant with a capacity of 450000 cu m in Q4 2020 and finally a station in the city of Jizan with a 450000 cu m capacity opening in the second quarter of 2022.

The UAE is developing Taweelah plant in Abu Dhabi with a capacity of 450000 cu m of water per day with a planned opening in Q4 2022 and the Jebel Ali plant complex with a capacity of 150000 cu m of water per day and will open in Q2 2020.

Thomas Altmann, vice president Technology & Innovation, Acwa Power, said “The shift to renewable energy sources to drive desalination plants will serve as the ideal sustainable alternative and a lucrative economic investment as renewable energy sources and energy storage will continue to decrease in cost.”

Ranked third on the list, Jordan is currently developing Phase One of the 100 million cu m Red Sea Desalination Plant which opens in the Q4 2021.

It is followed by Oman with the development of two desalination plants Al Ghubra 3 with a capacity of 300000 cu m which opens in Q1 2022 and Al Sharqiyah plant with a capacity of 80000 cu m which opens in Q2 2021.
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