Kuwait officially inaugurated a new desalination plant, the Az Zour South on Tuesday in the presence of senior and international officials.
Veolia, a global leader in optimised resource management, was selected to build the plant in 2011 through an international tender floated by Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water, according to a Ventures Onsite report.
Officially operating since July 2014, the plant uses reverse osmosis membrane technology to reinforce the total daily capacity of water treatment at the site by 25 per cent which is up to 659,700 cubic meters.
Veolia implemented a pumping system on the discharge canal coming from the cooling system of the adjacent power station.
According to a statement, the company explained how the properties of water taken differ from those of raw seawater, to the extent that the same will be chlorinated and its temperature will be above usual standards. It results in capital expenditure and energy savings during the whole life cycle of the plant.
“This new desalination plant reflects our global expertise in the desalination sector,” said Antoine Frérot, chairman and CEO of Veolia.
“It demonstrates that the innovative solutions, with high added value, that we offer in the area of water services, as in sanitation, waste management and energy, enable us to meet the most varied technological challenges (and particularly that of the scarcity of water resources) and to satisfy the highest requirements of the public authorities and the constantly evolving needs of cities,” he added.
Abdulaziz Abdullatif Al-Ibrahim, Kuwait’s Minister of Public Works and Minister of Electricity and Water and French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius, French were both present at the inauguration as well as Christian Nakhlé, French Ambassador to Kuwait and Frérot.