A milestone in the world of desalination
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Over 2,000 million people in the world live without access to a basic drinking water service, and 3,6 billionhave no access to a basic sanitation service, resulting in avoidable deaths, chronic disease, fewer hours of education and low productivity.
ACCIONA has positioned itself as a key player in the water treatment sector. Its innovative management seeks to resolve the challenges with respect to the shortage of water resources.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The generation and use of energy accounts for 35 % of total greenhouse gas emissions in the world. This activity is the largest contributor to global warming. Investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low-carbon technologies will continue to be essential to meet the emerging needs of humanity and to minimize their negative impact on the environment.
ACCIONA considers the fight against climate change and its effects to be a strategic priority. The company works to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in order to contribute to the progress of society and respond to the main challenges of sustainable development in the areas of infrastructure, water and energy, leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Umm Al Houl will produce 284,000 m3 per day as part of a large-scale Independent Water & Power Project (IWPP) that produce around 2,500 MW of electric power and reach 614,000 m3 per day after the start-up of the new facility. The contract covered the design, construction and actual operation and maintenance of the facility.
The plant represented a real milestone in the world of desalination, as it is the first time that reverse osmosis technology was used on a large scale in Qatar. To date, only evaporation technology was used to desalinate water.
The Umm Al Houl expansion includes an existing reverse osmosis desalination plant. Following the expansion, the two reverse osmosis desalination plants will produce 564 million litres per day in total, making it the largest desalination plant in Qatar with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology to optimise operations and achieve energy savings.
Recently, the UHP expansion reached a major health and safety milestone, having surpassed 10 million working hours without lost-time injuries. In addition, by completing the project in just 22 months, it also breaks a construction record in the desalination world. This is the third reverse osmosis desalination plant ACCIONA has completed in Qatar.
- Client: Qatar Electricity & Water Co- QEWC
- Location: Doha, Qatar
- Capacity: 284,000 m3/d
- Population: 1,8 millions people
The Social Impact Management (SIM) methodology
The Social Impact Management (SIM) methodology implemented in Umm Al Houl carry out different initiatives with a social, economic and environmental dimension, in order to contribute positively in the wellbeing of workers and other stakeholders of the project, promoting the development of the area of influence.
ACCIONA invests in and develops infrastructure assets to make our planet more sustainable. This approach is designed to create a positive impact on people’s lives and on the planet, which we call regenerative. Meaning making our actions people-centric, achieving a positive planet, making an effort to be leaders of sustainable transformation and integrating sustainable solutions to transform our businesses.