SUEZ awarded two new desalination, wastewater treatment contracts in Middle East

Nov. 6, 2014
SUEZ wins a contract in Oman to design, build and operate a wastewater treatment plant. The company is set to also design, construct and operate a desalination plant at the new Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Nov. 6, 2014

SUEZ to design, construct and operate a desalination plant at the new Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Hyundai Engineering & Construction has officially selected Degrémont, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, to build the reverse osmosis (RO) seawater desalination plant of the Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project (Mirfa IWPP) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) awarded the Mirfa IWPP to GDF SUEZ.

This project includes a contract totaling €117 million ($144.7 million), which covers the design and construction of the desalination plant with a daily capacity of 140,000 m3. It will be equipped with SeaDaf™ filtration technology to pretreat the water from the Arabian Gulf, which is turbid and rich in algae, with a double RO treatment for its desalination. It will be followed by a second seven-year contract for the utility’s operation and maintenance, awarded to Degrémont by the Mirfa International Power & Water Company for a total of €29 million ($35.8 million).

Located 160 km west of Abu Dhabi, the Mirfa IWPP comprising the desalination plant will supply 240,000 m3/day of drinking water and 1,600 megawatts of electricity to respond to the region's growing demand for drinking water and electricity. The choice of RO desalination appears to be a sustainable solution to the region's challenges with regard to water stress and conserving resources.

SUEZ wins a contract in Oman to design, build and operate a wastewater treatment plant

The water authority Haya Water in Oman, an Arab state in Southwest Asia, has selected Degrémont -- in a consortium with Al-Ansari Trading Enterprise LLC, a local Oman civil engineering company -- to design and operate an 18,000 m3/day capacity wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Al-Amerat. This contract, for a total amount of €50 million ($61.8 million), in which Degrémont has a share of €25 million ($30.9 million), has a two-year term for the operation and maintenance of the plant.

Situated in Al-Amerat, a residential suburb of the capital city Muscat, the plant will use the UltraforTM membrane bioreactor process, which is appropriate for treating urban and industrial wastewater. Following treatment, this technology produces an effluent that can meet the most stringent water standards and allows the effluents to be recycled and reused in the most sensitive environments. The treated water in the Al-Amerat WWTP will be used for irrigation.

These new contracts strengthen SUEZ’s position as a major player in wastewater treatment and desalination in the Middle East. Following the construction and operation of WWTPs such as As Samra (365,000 m3/day) and Wadi Ma'in (128,000 m3/day) in Jordan, Degrémont has in the past few years in Qatar completed the fourth extension of the Doha West WWTP, as well as the plants in Barwa City and Lusail. As a global leader in RO desalination, Degrémont has also built the desalination plants Fujeirah 1 (United Arab Emirates), Barka 2 (Oman) and Al Dur (Bahrain). More recently and in less than six months, Degrémont supplied and installed 33 modular desalination units for the treatment of brackish water in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

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About Degrémont

A subsidiary of the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT group, Degrémont has been the world water treatment specialist for local authorities and industrial companies for more than 70 years. Present in over 70 countries, the company has 5,000 employees and posted a revenue of €1.110 billion in 2013. For more information, visit


Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industry and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 92 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 65 million people and collects the waste produced by 52 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT generated total revenues of EUR 14.6 billion in 2013. For more information, visit


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