Masdar has awarded four companies – Abengoa (Spain), Degrémont (France), SIDEM/Veolia (France) and Trevi Systems (USA) – contracts to begin the creation of sustainable desalination technologies for a desalination plant that was initially announced in January 2013.
The announcement was made at the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a meeting called by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon to persuade world governments to take swift action against the on-going climate change crisis, which took place on May 4 and 5 at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers.
Xavier Joseph, CEO of SIDEM/Veolia for Gulf Countries, says: “What is very important to know is that more and more countries in the region are assessing the value of a desalination project, not under the subsidised cost of electricity, but under the real cost of electricity – which, in several countries, means multiplied by two. So it’s very important for us to be sure that we are owners of a technology that is really efficient, as it will be the market of tomorrow.”
Each of the awarded companies will build their own trial plants to create innovative desalination technologies that will be used and tested over the course of one year and six months. At the end of 2014, they will ship their works to the UAE’s capital to begin production at the beginning of next year.
The housing facility for this project will be located in Ghantoot, 90 kilometres away from Abu Dhabi.
The pilot project aims to reduce the amount of energy used for the desalination process by using innovative approaches that differ from the traditional thermal desalination process, which is the most frequently used process in the UAE.
The CEO of Masdar, Ahmad Belhoul, concludes: “Continuing to use traditional energy intensive desalination technologies is not an option for a sustainable future.”
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