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Sharjah's Shurooq inks JV deal for wastewater treatment plant

Newly formed company, called Qatra, will develop and expand the wastewater infrastructure in line with Sharjah's masterplan

Sharjah's Shurooq inks JV deal for wastewater treatment plant
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Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Besix has signed a joint venture agreement to operate and maintain a wastewater treatment plant in the Al Saja’a area of the emirate.

The newly formed company, called Qatra, will continue developing and expanding the wastewater infrastructure in line with Sharjah’s masterplan, a statement said.

The expansion plans will also enable the plant to maximise the amount of reused water produced, thereby doubling the capacity from 30 million litres of recycled water per day to 60 million litres per day, mainly for industrial use.

“The partnership with Besix broadens the Shurooq portfolio even further in keeping with our commitment towards investing in sustainability and creating a highly positive impact on the environment. The formation of Qatra is not only extremely beneficial in terms of Sharjah’s ecology, but also the emirate’s economy,” said Marwan Al Sarkal, executive chairman of Shurooq.

Sustainable water use is one of the core objectives of the new private-public-partnership, and strengthens Sharjah’s commitment to furthering an important UN Sustainable Development Goal, he added.

Olivier Crasson, executive vice president of Besix Middle East, said: “We now have a unique project involving innovation, technology, the environment, sustainability and water, and we are very happy to participate in the evolution of this sector, for Sharjah, with Sharjah, and with Shurooq.”

Al Saja’a Wastewater Treatment Plant currently processes and treats more than 30,000 cubic metres of wastewater per day.

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