Signs a 20-year water purchase agreement with the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company
Expansion will make Sembcorp’s facility the largest reverse osmosis desalination facility in the Middle East
ESC is a joint venture between Sembcorp Gulf Holding Co and Union Power Holding Company, subsidiaries of Sembcorp Utilities and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) respectively. Sembcorp Utilities is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp. Sembcorp holds an effective 40% stake in ESC.
ESC owns and operates the Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP), one of the world’s largest operating hybrid desalination plants, in the UAE. The expansion, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015, will increase the Fujairah 1 IWPP’s seawater desalination capacity by 30 million imperial gallons per day (MiGD). This additional output will be produced using reverse osmosis.
The expansion will enhance Sembcorp’s total seawater desalination capacity in the UAE from 100 MiGD to 130 MiGD, of which 67.5 MiGD will be produced using reverse osmosis. The remaining 62.5 MiGD is produced using multi-stage flash. This combined reverse osmosis desalination capacity will make the Fujairah 1 IWPP the largest reverse osmosis desalination facility in the Middle East.