Taweelah Reverse Osmosis (RO), the world's largest RO water desalination plant, will begin early commercial operations in the first quarter of 2022, by providing 100 million gallons per day (MGD), said the Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).
In a statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Othman Al Ali said that the plant will commence full commercial operations by the end of this year, providing 200 MGD.
The Taweelah plant will be 44 percent bigger than the world’s current largest low carbon water desalination plant, he added.
"It will set new benchmarks for efficiency and cost of water produced with the adoption of RO technology instead of thermal desalination and meet the water demand for over 350,000 households," Al Ali said.
Two other projects are currently being developed by EWEC as part of the company's strategic focus on low carbon water desalination, its CEO said.
One of these projects is Mirfa 2 (M2) Reverse Osmosis (RO) Independent Water Project, which is located next to the existing Mirfa Plant. Once complete, it will supply 80 million gallons of water per day. The other project is Shuweihat S4 Reverse Osmosis (RO) Independent Water Project which will produce a further 70 million gallons of water per day. Shuweihat S4 will be located next to the existing Shuweihat S3 IPP Project, within the Shuweihat power and water complex.
The Taweelah plant will be 44 percent bigger than the world’s current largest low carbon water desalination plant
Al Ali confirmed that EWEC will also continue to lead the development and implementation of world leading renewable and low carbon technology projects. EWEC Al Dhafra Solar PV (photovoltaic) project, in which Abu Dhabi will be the home of the new world’s largest single-site solar plant once operational, will provide an additional installed capacity of 2 gigawatts, enough to power 160,000 households.
Al Dhafra Solar PV will deploy approximately 4 million solar panels using the latest in crystalline, bifacial solar technology, which will enable the plant to provide more efficient electricity by capturing solar irradiation from both the front and backside of the panel.
The plant is expected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 2.4 million metric tonnes per year, equivalent to removing approximately 470,000 cars from the road.
"The electricity and water sector has a significant role to play in decarbonisation, in three principal ways: increasing the efficiency of thermal power generation plants; investing in renewable technologies by adding substantial zero carbon emitting solar and nuclear power capacity; and utilising low carbon RO water desalination plants," Al Ali said.
When considering carbon emissions reduction, Noor Abu Dhabi, the world’s current largest single-site solar power plant, is providing a carbon footprint reduction of 1 million metric tonnes per year, which is equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road, he added.
The Al Dhafra Solar PV will also significantly reduce carbon emissions when it becomes commercially operational, he went on to say, adding that the Barakah nuclear energy plant is also providing significant carbon emissions reductions.
"In support of the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, we forecast a significant 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from a shift towards more sustainable water and electricity production by 2025 across our portfolio of projects. Our strategic decisions to date, and strategic recommendations for the future, show that increasing investments in renewable energy projects will allow us to make a very significant impact in changing the energy sector and prioritising renewable production technologies," Al Ali concluded.