Fujairah expansion kicks off

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Sembcorp Industries have completed construction and begun operation of a US$ 200-million expansion to the Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP) in the United Arab Emirates.

The expansion has upped the plant’s seawater desalination capacity by 30% to 650 Ml/d. With more than half of the plant’s desalinated water produced using reverse osmosis, the Fujairah 1 IWPP is now one of the largest reverse osmosis desalination facilities in the Middle East.

The 150 Ml/d water expansion to output will be sold to the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company under a 20-year water purchase agreement. The expansion uses the plant’s uncontracted surplus power to produce the additional water at a highly competitive cost. It has also been configured for greater environmental efficiency and energy savings.

The IWPP is owned and operated by Emirates Sembcorp Water and Power Company, a joint venture that is 60% owned by ADWEA and the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and 40% owned by Sembcorp.