TAQA awards US$245mn projects to expand recycled water distribution programme

TAQA water recyclingAbu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has announced that its subsidiary Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) awarded projects worth up to US$245.03mn to expand the company’s recycled water distribution programme

The two projects will, upon completion, have a combined capacity to transmit approximately 85mn imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of recycled water – enough to irrigate more than 3.5mn palm trees.

The programme’s expansion will significantly increase the use of recycled water beyond municipal landscaping to include commercial and agricultural operations. Following completion of the projects, approximately 4,000 farms could benefit from the supply of recycled water, which would further support the programme’s objectives to optimise the use of desalinated water, prevent the depletion of ground water resources and divert more recycled water towards a wider range of uses.

This phase of ADDC’s recycled water distribution programme builds on its announcement in January, when the company began transmitting a capacity of 4.4 MIGD of recycled water for landscaping irrigation on Saadiyat Island, through a new transmission scheme supplied from the existing network on Yas Island. Now, ADDC’s expanded transmission infrastructure will serve commercial and agricultural clients along the outskirts of the city of Abu Dhabi.

These two new projects will, collectively, encompass the laying of approximately 150 km of pipelines in two phases, with the first 30 MIGD pipeline project slated for completion by Q3 2021 and the second 55 MIGD project slated for Q4 2021.

Omar Abdulla Alhashmi, executive director of transmission and distribution at TAQA, said, “Our expanded recycled water programme directly supports TAQA’s vision for a future in which we are not only a sustainable, reliable and efficient supplier of water, but an organisation whose operations directly contribute to the realisation of the UAE’s broader sustainability and environmental goals.”

Saeed Mohamed Al-Suwaidi, managing director of ADDC, added, “ADDC’s recycled water distribution program plays an integral role in meeting the objectives set forth in the UAE’s Water Security Strategy 2036. By implementing practical and sustainable solutions that optimise desalinated water usage and protect our precious ground water resources, we will continue to reinforce the emirate’s strategic approach to achieving water and environmental sustainability.”

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