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Dubai's DEWA to increase water desalination capacity by nearly 15%

June 21, 2021
finance & economy

The utility company will raise its production from 427 MIGD to 490 MIGD

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will increase its capacity of desalinated water by close to 15 percent.

The utility company announced today (Sunday) that its capacity will grow from 427 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) to 490 MIGD (14.75 percent) after adding new units at Jebel Ali Power Plant and Desalination Complex.

The increased capacity will be achieved using sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) technology to meet growing demand in the emirate, DEWA said in a statement.

Of the plant’s total capacity, 63 MIGD will be produced using SWRO technology, while the remaining 427 MIGD is to continue to be produced by multi-stage flash desalination units.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO, said DEWA aimed to increase the SWRO produced water capacity to 303 MIGD by 2030, growing the proportion of water desalinated using the technology from 13 percent to 42 percent.

He added that DEWA will invest AED 86 billion ($23.4 billion) over five years in the energy and water sectors.


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