Modern Water starts Omani desalination plant output

12 November 2009

Project produces fresh water while cutting power and operating costs

The UK’s Modern Water has started fresh water production from its Al-Khaluf desalination plant in east Oman, 450 kilometres from Muscat.

Modern Water says the manipulated-osmosis desalination plant is the first of its kind in the Middle East and only the second to be built in the world.

Manipulated-osmosis technology produces fresh water while cutting power, chemical and other operating costs.

As a result, the technology is more environmentally sustainable than conventional reverse-osmosis or thermal-desalination processes.

Modern Water’s first manipulated-osmosis desalination plant in Gibraltar started producing water in September 2008. A research and development programme is also in place to improve the efficiency of the plant.

Modern Water opened an office in Oman in September 2008.

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