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Green light for $400m sewage plant

Dubai Municipality yesterday agreed on the construction of a new plant in Jebel Ali.

The Dubai Municipality yesterday signed an agreement with Greek construction firm Aktor and local contractor Al Ahmadiah-Aktor to build a new sewage treatment plant in Jebel Ali.

The deal, worth AED 1.5 billion, will see the construction of a 300 000 m³ per day wastewater treatment facility on a 675 hectare site south-east of Jebel Ali Free Zone. This will supplement the existing treatment plant at Al Awir in meeting present and future treatment requirements.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, acting director general of Dubai Municipality, said the contract constituted the first phase of the new Jebel Ali sewage treatment plant project, which has a projected capacity of 1.1 million m³ per day.

This capacity will be built up over a number of phases which will be sized and programmed to suit the growth in wastewater flows produced by the ongoing and future developments of Dubai.

"Key to meeting future requirements is the flexibility to keep pace with the dramatic population growth anticipated for Dubai over the next 25 years," said Lootah. "To this end, the new sewage treatment plant has been designed to incorporate sustainable reuse of both final effluent, through municipal and agricultural irrigation systems, and sludge as a soil conditioner or fertiliser."

The construction period for completion of the Phase 1 works is three years. However, to enable wastewater flows to be treated early, a reduced stream of capacity 150 000 m³ per day is to be fast-tracked and commissioned within two years.

The effluent, meeting World Health Organisation standards, will be used for irrigation of public parks, landscapes, golf courses, playing fields and road verges.

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