Spanish companies Acciona and GS Inima, and French utility major Engie are in the race for winning development rights for the Shuweihat 4 Reverse Osmosis (S4 RO) Independent Water Project (IWP) of Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).
EWEC confirmed receiving proposals from the three companies for the development of its new water project.
The S4 RO project is to use low-carbon intensive RO technology to desalinate seawater and supply up to 70 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of potable water.
The project is expected to enhance the security of the water supply in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra region.
Othman Al Ali, chief executive officer of EWEC, said “EWEC was accelerating the decoupling of water and power generation capacity with the adoption of state-of-the-art reverse osmosis technology, supporting its strategic goal to reduce our system’s carbon footprint.”
“The S4 RO water desalination project will play a key role in ensuring both securities of water supply as well as reducing CO2 emissions, actively supporting the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative,” Al Ali said.
He said with the receipt of competitive bids for the project, the company will now move forward with the evaluation process.