Bahrain has inaugurated the Al-Dur 2 Phase 2 Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP), reports Utilities ME. The IWPP is valued at $1 billion and was established in partnership with companies from Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Japan.
The Al-Dur 2 Phase 2 IWPP is an extension of Al-Dur Phase 1 and has a generation capacity of 1,500 MW of electricity, with a desalination capacity of 50 million gallons of water daily. The new project increases the Kingdom’s overall production capacity to 5,044 MW of electricity and 204 million gallons of desalinated water daily. It is the first production station in Bahrain to be connected to the high-voltage electricity transmission network of 400 KV.
At the inauguration event, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, emphasised the Kingdom’s commitment to enhancing energy efficiency and expanding electricity and water production capacity in conjunction with programmes and priorities that consolidate development, according to a statement by Acwa Power.
For his part, the President of the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA), HE Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, affirmed that EWA's commitment to its partnership with the private sector, and the importance of meeting the growing demand for electricity and water consumption given the country’s industrial, commercial and urban expansion.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, HE Yasser bin Ibrahim Humaidan, noted the importance of the Al-Dur 2 Phase 2 project to increase electricity and water production in the Kingdom. He highlighted that the project meets the highest international quality standards and will help to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change to achieve sustainable development.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of ACWA Power, Mohammad Abunayyan, highlighted the efficiency of the project’s construction which was completed on schedule and in a sustainable manner.