Bahraini officials said construction of the Nabih Saleh Water Distribution Station has been completed and work is currently under way for the launch of a solar panel system on the upper reservoir.
A one-million-gallon upper tank along with accompanying pipelines and valves, and a building for electrical devices, control devices and a water chlorination system were constructed, as part of the project.
The construction of the station come as part of Ewa's strategy to develop and expand water distribution networks, in line with the directives of the government, led by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to provide the electricity and water services and meet the growing demand for them, said a senior minister.
Bahrain's Electricity and Water Affairs Minister, Wael bin Nasser Al Mubarak, said EWA will continue implementing more development projects that support the kingdom’s infrastructure and improve the quality of services delivered to subscribers.
He was speaking to the media while on an inspection visit to the project site along with Electricity and Water Authority CEO Shaikh Nawaf bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, and Capital Municipal Council Chairman Saleh Tarrada.
The project is in line with EWA’s efforts to increase the storing capacity and strengthen the water distribution network in the Nabih Saleh region, as well as meet the needs of its housing and service projects, stated Al Mubarak.
The UK consultancy firm, Mott MacDonald, oversaw the construction of the BD3.5 million ($9.23 million) Nabih Saleh Water Distribution Station, while Nass Contracting Company handled the construction of the station’s facilities.
The Bahraini contractor supplied the latest mechanical, electrical, control and communication equipment for the project in co-ordination with leading global companies.
Shaikh Nawaf said the design of the station has taken into account the use of solar energy to generate electricity to operate the station equipment with clean electrical energy produced from solar panels installed on the upper tank, which contain 702 solar cell panels designed to produce about 253 kilowatts (maximum) of clean electrical energy.
"The produced solar energy covers the needs of the station, and exports the surplus electricity to the electricity distribution network," he noted.
The upper reservoir was also covered with aluminium sheets, taking into account the urban character of the region, added Shaikh Nawaf.