Shurooq, Besix joint venture breaks ground on Sharjah project which aims to reduce the demand for desalinated water
The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has started construction of Qatra, a joint venture with Besix Group, to develop a new water recycling plant in Sharjah’s Al-Saja'a industrial area to reduce the demand for desalinated water.
Set for completion in January 2020, the plant will produce 5,000 cubic metres of high-quality water per day for non-drinking purposes from treated effluents from the Al Saja’a sewage treatment plant.
The water will be ideal for industrial and domestic uses such as landscaping, and will be a sustainable alternative to desalinated water with four times less energy consumed in its production process, state news agency WAM reported.
Marwan Al Sarkal, executive chairman of Shurooq, said: "Effluent treatment and improving treatment processes are part of Sharjah’s strategic development, which highlights its position and aspiration to provide a research and development platform for a number of resources, products, technologies and solutions that help better the lives of residents, nationals and companies in Sharjah. This is in line with the UAE’s vision to build a sustainable future and use resources more optimally."
Gurvan Dersel, general manager of Qatra, added: "There is a vital need to reuse water for non-drinking purposes to reduce the demand on borewells and desalinated water. Hence, investments such as these provide a new sustainable source of water supply for the community. This is the first project under the Shurooq and Besix alliance and will be followed by many like it, both in terms of wastewater treatment and water recycling."