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Fujairah 1 Completes Expansion, Making It One of the Largest Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plants in the Middle East

December 08, 2015

- Innovative solutions incorporated for greater energy efficiency and competitive edge

The Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) are pleased to announce the successful completion and commencement of operations of an approximately US$200 million expansion to the Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP) in the UAE. The expansion has increased the plant’s total seawater desalination capacity by 30% to 130 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD). With more than half of the plant’s desalinated water produced using reverse osmosis technology, the Fujairah 1 IWPP is now one of the largest reverse osmosis desalination facilities in the Middle East.

The 30 MIGD water output from the expansion will be sold to the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company (ADWEC) under a 20-year water purchase agreement. This will help to meet the increasing water demand in the UAE, and also provide additional income for the plant. The expansion has the ability to use the plant’s uncontracted surplus power to produce the additional water at a highly competitive cost. It has also been configured for greater environmental efficiency and energy savings.

The Fujairah 1 IWPP is owned and operated by Emirates Sembcorp Water & Power Company, a joint venture that is 60% owned by ADWEA and the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), and 40% by Sembcorp. The Fujairah 1 IWPP holds a strong track record of high plant reliability and performance. It has consistently achieved higher plant availability than contracted, since Sembcorp’s acquisition of a stake in the plant in 2006.

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Sembcorp Industries is a leading energy, water and marine group operating across five continents worldwide. With facilities with close to 8,800 megawatts of gross power capacity and over nine million cubic metres of water per day in operation and under development, Sembcorp is a trusted provider of essential energy and water solutions to both industrial and municipal customers. It is also a world leader in marine and offshore engineering as well as an established brand name in urban development.

The Group has total assets of over S$19 billion and employs over 8,000 employees. Listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange, it is a component stock of the Straits Times Index, several MSCI and FTSE indices as well as the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index.

Sembcorp has been operating in the Middle East since 2006. Aside from the Fujairah 1 IWPP, it owns and operates the Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant, and is developing centralised utilities facilities for the Duqm Special Economic Zone in Oman.