The Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) has launched a request for proposals to consultant interested in the Shuweihat 4 desalination project, to be developed under the independent water producer (IWP) model, reports Energy Utilities.
The planned Shuweihat 4 IWP will have a capacity of 50 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD). Ewec intends to appoint financial, technical and legal advisors for the project; consultants have been invited to submit their bids next week.
The future plans of Ewec include the development of several IWP projects in the coming years in order to expand its desalination capacity. The desalination facilities would be independent of major power plants. Ewec has signed contracts for solar projects with a total capacity of 2GW over the past four years, and the Barakah nuclear power plant – the first in the Arabian Peninsula, with a capacity of 5,6 GW – will start producing electricity by the end of 2021. The Emirate would like to add flexibility to its network of utilities by using independent water production.
Last December we reported news of the development of a new desalination plant in the Mirfa area of Abu Dhabi, which, according to sources in Abu Dhabi’s utilities sector, would have a daily capacity of 550,000 cubic meters, and would be developed as an independent water producer project. The agricultural sector in the Liwa region of the Emirate would benefit from the water produced at the new plant.
In 2019, Ewec appointed ACWA Power as the developer of the Taweelah independent water project (IWP), 45 km north of the city of Abu Dhabi. With a planned production of 200 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD), it will be the world’s largest reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant. China’s Sepco 3 and Spain’s Abengoa were selected for the EPC works for the plant. The Taweelah IWP is expected to be commissioned in 2022.