Degremont and Besix win Jumeirah Golf Estates water contract

11 December 2007
A joint venture between Degremont of France and Besix of Belgium has won the 10-year design, build and operate contract for a 220,000 cubic-metre-a-day sewage system being built for Dubai’s Palm Water under its utilities concession for Jumeirah Golf Estates, a division of Nakheel, also of Dubai.

The project calls for the sewage treatment plant to use membrane biological reactor (MBR) technology, making it the largest unit of its type announced so far in the world. It will also have 13 kilometres of sewer pipes.

Ghassan Ejjeh, director of Besix, told MEED’s Wastewater Treatment & Reuse conference that the project including the operations would be worth about AED 3,000 million ($800 million).

Degremont is leads the construction. Besix will be responsible for the sewerage network construction.

Jumeirah Golf Estates will have 900,000 inhabitants and four golf courses. The water plan calls for the complete reuse of all treated effluent in the project.

The sewage treatment plant will be covered and deodorized. Sludge will be dried for potential further use. Degremont will provide the sludge drying equipment.

MEED’s Middle East Wastewater Treatment & Reuse 2007 conference, held in Abu Dhabi on 10-11 December, is supported by Corodex Industries, United Utilities, Emirates Utilities Company Holding, CH2MHILL, Dresser Roots, Grundfos and Mushrif National Construction.

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