Taweelah Reverse Osmosis (RO), the world's largest RO water desalination plant located in Abu Dhabi, will begin early commercial operations in the first quarter of 2022, by providing 100 million gallons per day (MGD), said a top government official.
The plant will commence full commercial operations by the end of this year, providing 200 MGD, said Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) CEO Othman Al Ali.
According to him, the Taweelah plant will be 44 per cent bigger than the world’s current largest low carbon water desalination plant.
"It will set new benchmarks for efficiency and cost of water produced with the adoption of RO technology instead of thermal desalination and meet the water demand for over 350,000 households," noted Al Ali.
Two other projects are currently being developed by Ewec as part of the company's strategic focus on low carbon water desalination.
One of these projects is Mirfa 2 (M2) Reverse Osmosis (RO) Independent Water Project, which is located next to the existing Mirfa Plant. Once complete, it will supply 80 million gallons of water per day.
The other project is Shuweihat S4 Reverse Osmosis (RO) Independent Water Project which will produce a further 70 million gallons of water per day. Shuweihat S4 will be located next to the existing Shuweihat S3 IPP Project, within the Shuweihat power and water complex.
Al Ali confirmed that Ewec will also continue to lead the development and implementation of world leading renewable and low carbon technology projects.
Ewec Al Dhafra Solar PV (photovoltaic) project, in which Abu Dhabi will be the home of the new world’s largest single-site solar plant once operational, will provide an additional installed capacity of 2 gigawatts, enough to power 160,000 households.
Al Dhafra Solar PV will deploy 4 million solar panels using the latest in crystalline, bifacial solar technology, which will enable the plant to provide more efficient electricity by capturing solar irradiation from both the front and backside of the panel.
The plant is expected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 2.4 million metric tonnes per year, equivalent to removing approximately 470,000 cars from the road.
"The electricity and water sector has a significant role to play in decarbonization, in three principal ways: increasing the efficiency of thermal power generation plants; investing in renewable technologies by adding substantial zero carbon emitting solar and nuclear power capacity; and utilizing low carbon RO water desalination plants," Al Ali said.
When considering carbon emissions reduction, Noor Abu Dhabi, the world’s current largest single-site solar power plant, is providing a carbon footprint reduction of 1 million metric tonnes per year, which is equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road, he added.