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The plant, built by ACCIONA and BESIX and owned by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), is one of the largest reverse osmosis desalination plants in the UAE. It is currently producing 182,000 m3 per day, serving the local network.

This project supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to have 75% of the country's total energy capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

In Dubai, a comprehensive approach has been implemented to ensure the sustainability of water resources, in line with the Dubai Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy, which focuses on improving water resources, rationalizing water consumption, and using cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions to reduce water consumption by 30% by 2030.

This achievement reflects the commitment of DEWA, the engineering firm ILF and the construction consortium formed by ACCIONA and BESIX to deliver the Jebel Ali desalination plant to the highest technical standards of excellence.

The health and safety of workers on site has also been of paramount importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Desalination plant construction recently surpassed 6.5 million man-hours without lost-time injuries.

General Information

  • Location: Jebel Ali, Dubai. UAE
  • Capacity: 182,000 m3/d 
  • Procedure: Reverse Osmosis
  • Type of Contract: EPC 
  • Population supplied: 700,000 people
  • Start-up year: 2020

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