By Andy Sambidge
UAE's Federal Electricity and Water Authority awards contract for new desalination facility
The UAE's Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) have signed a contract with US-based Aquatech to provide a desalination facility in a contract worth $82m.
The project, located at Ghalilah, will provide drinking water for Ras Al Khaimah.
The project will include civil works, buildings, balance of plant, and electrical and mechanical installation.
In addition to the core reverse osmosis plant, the scope of supply consists of the seawater intake, dissolved air flotation, ultrafiltration, and post treatment packages.
Aquatech beat more than 10 other bidders for the contract, it said in a statement.
The project, valued at over $82m, is scheduled to be operational in late 2013.
The contract win bolsters the company's list of major projects in desalination and water reuse in the Middle East.
Aquatech has thermal and membrane based desalination plants throughout the GCC including Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.
It is also among the first companies in the region to work with the oil and gas industry to recycle and reuse wastewater.
Aquatech has recently completed a landmark oil field water reuse project in Oman and is currently executing one of the region's first petrochemical wastewater reuse projects in Kuwait.
"The FEWA award is further validation of these efforts for the very important desalination marketplace," said Devesh Sharma, chief commercial officer of Aquatech.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.