Faced with the challenge of a growing population raising major waste and water management concerns in Middle East, local authorities are investing in optimizing and modernising existing infrastructure (water plants and distribution networks, landfills…). Within this framework, SUEZ has been awarded a five-year contract for the Operation & Maintenance of the Barka engineered sanitary Landfill in South Al-Batinah, Sultanate of Oman. The Group also won its two first smart water contracts in the Middle East, where it will be supporting authorities in the State of Qatar and in Oman as they optimize the performance of water distribution systems.
Deployment of digital solutions to optimise drinking water networks in Qatar and in Oman
In Qatar, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa)– the authority responsible for power and potable water distribution – has awarded SUEZ a three-year contract to conduct leak detection across 700 km of the country's drinking water networks. The Group will be using innovative acoustic-based technology, which records the signature sound generated by a leak, anomaly or air pocket. The sound is then analysed with a software to locate the anomaly and determine its size, and this information is used to schedule required maintenance work across the networks.
In Oman, Diam – the public authority for water – has awarded SUEZ a one-year contract to optimize the energy consumption of Muscat’s drinking water production and distribution system. SUEZ will be using AQUADVANCED® Energy software. This technology models the data collected from the water distribution system, the calculation of water consumption forecasts and energy prices in real time, to define the optimised pumping strategies that are implemented automatically. It consequently secures the 24/7 operation of the drinking water system, while cutting operating costs and conserving the infrastructures.
Ana Giros Calpe ,Senior Executive VP Group in charge of the International Division, said: "SUEZ has already strong references in the region, where it has built around fifteen drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, including the Barka 4 desalination plant (281,000 m3 water/day). Thanks to our innovation and technical expertise, we diversify our activities on Smart water services market and Waste market. In addition to these three contracts, SUEZ is also active in soil remediation having completed the Al Karaana Lagoons rehabilitation in Qatar, 6 months ahead of schedule."