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GE wins Jafza utility contract

General Electric unit set to provide water and wastewater technology for Jebel Ali Free Zone project.

Palm Water has announced that GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of the General Electric Company (GE), will provide water and wastewater technology, long-term operations and maintenance for its AED 2 billion Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) utility project.

"We look forward to working with Palm Water on this and other regional projects," said Jeff Garwood, president and CEO of GE Water & Process Technologies.

"GE's water solutions will increase Jafza's water availability with a solution for the supply of potable water, high-quality industrial water, and wastewater technologies," he added.

GE will supply water treatment technologies, including seawater desalination reverse osmosis (SWRO), ZeeWeed membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology and polishing treatment for Palm Water's three major Jafza facilities: a seawater desalination plant with a capacity of 100 000 m³ per day of potable water, a centralised wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 108 000 m³ per day of safe water for irrigation and also district cooling purposes, and a water polishing plant with a capacity of 81 000 m³ per day.

There will also be an industrial wastewater plant with a capacity of 4 000 m³ per day.

All four facilities will use GE technology to serve development plans in Jafza North, Jafza South, the Technopark and downtown Jebel Ali.

Both the wastewater treatment and seawater desalination plants will be built in phases to match Jafza's expansion and development plans.

The first phase of the project's wastewater facility is expected to be commissioned during third quarter of 2009 and reach full capacity by 2012.

The first phase of the seawater desalination facility is scheduled to commission in late 2009 and be fully operational by 2012.

The EPC contractor for the project will be named shortly.

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