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Utico commissions $100 million water pipeline in the UAE

  • Utico commissions $100 million water pipeline in the UAE
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UTICO is U.A.E’s largest private Build-Own-Operate company for Desalination with capacity of 160,000 m3/day Sea water Reverse Osmosis plant and Gas based Power generation capacity of 120 MW and 270 MW.

Utico achieved another major milestone by commissioning the largest sustainable trans-emirate pipeline in the UAE, built at a cost of over $100mn.

The pipeline which connects the emirates of Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Qwain, Sharjah and Ajman is now operational supplying water to customers including Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) and through its connected network to Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA).

“The pipeline can be used to pump at both ends or connect in between enabling each Emirate to trade water. It also facilitates instant water supply to each Emirate when connected. The investment in the pipeline was only possible due to the firm belief in the future of the UAE as a country of opportunities and in its dynamic visionary leadership,” said Mr. Richard Menezes, CEO of Utico.

He said it is the first such pipeline of this size and design built with complete PE 100 HDPE making it the most efficient and hence with total lower energy costs.

The pipeline has lower sweating, greater soil movement durability, higher temperatures operation and longer life. This contributes to lower energy costs for its operations and hence with a lower carbon footprint. The pipeline was designed to ensure long life, quality of water, high availability and least operating costs.

This project is in line with the sustainability parameters identified for climate change mitigation in generation and transport networks at the recent climate change Summit COP24 meeting in Poland with Utico leading in innovation and sustainability from its inception.

Utico owns over 76 million gallons per day (MIGD) of desalination capacity including 40 MIGD under construction due for commissioning in 2019/2020, thus making it the first private utility to invest in this capital intensive high technology space and be successful sustainably.

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