Kuwait’s Kharafi National has won an estimated AED375m ($102m) contract to build a sewage treatment plant on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

Kharafi will build a plant with capacity of 78,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) which will use membrane bioreactor technology to filter and clean the wastewater.

The AED100bn Saadiyat Island is one Abu Dhabi’s largest real estate projects. It includes a university, beach hotels, apartment buildings, villas, a golf course and a cultural district.

In July, the local Hilalco won an infrastructure contract to build sewers, drinking water pipes, stormwater drains, and a telecommunications network. Under the contract, it will also carry out electrical and road work (MEED 12:8:09).

The consultant for the infrastructure contract and the project to build the plant is US-based Parsons International.

Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) is the master developer for Saadiyat Island. The firm is responsible for commissioning the plant and the island’s infrastructure.

Kharafi is also building two much larger greenfield sewage treatment plants for Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) at Al-Wathba in Abu Dhabi and Al-Saad in Al-Ain. It is working on the projects in a joint venture with the UK’s Biwater and the local Al-Qudra Holding.

The Al-Wathba plant is a 300,000 cm/d plant, and the Al-Saad facility will have capacity of 65,000 cm/d.