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Sharjah’s new US$121m desalination plant to add 100 million gallon capacity

The opening of a new AED446 million (US$121m) desalination plant in Sharjah’s Hamriyah area, now makes Sharjah the only member of the United Arab Emirates with a water supply in excess of its needs, according to Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) .

Officially inaugurated this week, the new desalination plant is part of the first phase of construction of the Hamriyah Station for Power Generation and Water Desalination, which will have an overall production capacity of 2,500 megawatts of electricity and 140 million imperial gallons per day of water to meet the growing needs for power and water in the Emirate of Sharjah.

The plant will begin production of 20 million gallons of high quality potable water every day (MGD) and is expected to have a total production capacity of 100 MGD in a year’s time. Meanwhile, the facility is expected to produce 400 MW of electricity.

The new plant was constructed in Hamriyah to efficiently meet the water requirements of the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and Emirates Industrial City, which are both expanding economic zones. In addition, the new plant provides additional water capacity to serve all areas of Sharjah.

Once Hamriyah Station for Power Generation and Water Desalination and associated projects are completed, at an estimated cost of AED 636 million (US$172m), the facility will become a key station for Sharjah’s power generation and water production

Source: Gulf News, Gulf Today, SEWA

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