Work has been completed on the first phase of the Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) Water Desalination Plant which is coming up on a 250,000-sq-m area in the northern emirate.
Being built at a cost of AED 2.2 billion ($598 million), the new plant will produce 50 million imperial gallons per daily (MIGD), while the total production capacity will reach 150 MIGD once commissioned.
Based on reverse osmosis technology, the project is expected to be commercially operational in the third quarter of 2022, it stated.
Announcing the opening of the key phase, Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said the UAQ desalination plant is the largest in the country’s north that will provide quality water using the best standards for the marine environment.
It has been implemented with high efficiency in delivering an environmental footprint, stated Al Mazrouei.
The minister expressed his delight at the project’s first phase being completed during the country’s celebrations of its Golden Jubilee, and the start of the production of the plant.
It is one of the most critical projects that will achieve the objectives of the National Water Security Strategy 2036.
"With the inauguration of the first phase, two tanks with a capacity of 30 million gallons each will be operated," he added.