Sembcorp starts $200m UAE water plant expansion

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Singapore’s Sembcorp Industries said it had started work on a $200m expansion of its water desalination facility in the UAE.

The Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant, which it operates jointly with Abu Dhabi’s TAQA and the UAE capital’s state utility, will add 30m gallons per day of desalination capacity by the first half of 2015.

The plant currently has a capacity of 100m gallons per day and 893 mw of power-generation.

Last month Sembcorp, the largest utility in south-east Asia, officially opened its $1bn water and electricity plant in the Omani city of Salalah.

The facility includes a gas-fired power plant and seawater desalination plant, and will provide water and power to the Gulf country under a 15-year purchase agreement.

Partners in the project include Oman Investment Corporation and Instrata Capital.

Gulf states are investing more in building desalination facilities to accommodate growing populations, which have increased demand for potent water.

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