Oman's submerged membrane bioreactor proves itself

Peter Ripley, managing director, ACWA Services, UK

The Al Ansab SMBR plant is probably the largest of its type in the world.

The Al Ansab SMBR plant is probably the largest of its type in the world.

Membrane bioreactors are a very attractive option in the Middle East, where acute water scarcity means countries are increasingly looking to reserve expensive desalinated water solely for potable use.

ACWA MBR's Al Ansab submerged membrane bioreactor wastewater treatment plant in Muscat, Oman, one of the biggest of its kind in the world, has recently undergone its proving process.

This article first appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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