ACWA Power and Water Global Access (WGA) has announced a strategic partnership to develop further WGA’s disruptive, green water desalination technology, at the sidelines of the Saudi Water Forum.
The partnership agreement represents a key element within ACWA Power’s ambitious technology innovation roadmap that aims to deliver exceptional value to future projects and to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it will involve the integration of WGA’s Hydraulic Injection Desalination (HID) into ACWA Power projects.
The technology represents a breakthrough desalination innovation. Classified as “green” technology, HID is considered as an environmentally friendly option in desalination as chemical treatment of water is not required and the brine released is entirely green. Additionally, the HID energy consumption is substantially lower than that required by existing desalinization technologies and its thermodynamic principles have been proven in a prototype unit. Recent computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling has successfully confirmed that WGA’s technology allows for the desalination of 40,000-ppm seawater with a Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) of less than 1.9 kWh/m3 - nearly a third lower than existing SWRO projects.
ACWA Power currently delivers desalinated water to 24 million people worldwide with a portfolio of 16 water desalination plants out of which 50% are located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & include Jubail 3A IWP, Petro-Rabigh IWP, Shuaibah IWPP and Rabigh 3 IWP, Saudi Arabia’s largest independent water project and the largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in the world.