Solar desalination plant to rise in Ras Al Khaimah

Solar desalination plant to rise in Ras Al KhaimahImage Credit: Supplied

The availability of potable water is cited as the biggest crisis to be faced by this region as a whole in the near future. To combat this problem, the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) will construct a solar-powered desalination plant.

When finished, the plant is expected to generate up to 22 million gallons of water a day to serve the needs of the commercial, industrial and residential sectors in RAK and its neighbours, and 20 megawatts of solar power.

The plant will top Saudi Arabia's Al Khafji plant whose goal is to provide 10 million gallons of water daily and 10 megawatts of power once it becomes operational within this year.

Set in the Al Hamra Jazeerah area, the project will cover an area of around 2.7 million square metres. It will be the ''world's largest privately financed independent'' and most environment-friendly desalination plant as it will require low power consumption.

Since it is powered by solar energy, it will reduce the consumption of natural fuels for operations. The reusability of water will save at least 33,280 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, reducing its effect on the natural environment. It will also have a reservoir capacity of 100 million gallons, and utility costs will be maintained at a very low level.

The project will be the most cost-efficient, power-saving and technologically advanced desalination plant in the country. Apart from being a trendsetting venture, it will provide more than 300 jobs to Emiratis and expats alike.

The project is being built at a cost of Dh719 million ($195.7 million) and estimated to be completed by 2017.

Handy Hints:

• Desalination plant to generate 22 million gallons of water daily

• Facility will be set in Ras Al Khaimah's Al Hamra Jazeerah area

• It is expected to create over 300 jobs for expats and Emiratis

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Source: Zenifer Khaleel, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer


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