Water Reuse MEED Project of 2011

07 February 2011

Population growth triggered the need for bigger water reuse facilities in the GCC



Al-Ghubrah Mobile Water Treatment Plant

Entrant: Septech Muscat

Client: Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW)

Main contractor: Septech Muscat

Description: The project brief from the Omani government and the PAEW was to provide a safe and uninterrupted drinking-water supply for the city of Muscat that could be operational in the shortest time possible. The authorities also stipulated that the facility should be made mobile for deployment to other locations should an emergency arise. An innovative technique was needed to ensure the government’s strict rules on environmental impact and sustainability were also met. The desalination project was required to reach World Health Organisation standards and the project achieved this.

Saudi Arabia

Seawater Cooling Pump Station at Jubail and Yanbu

Entrant/engineering and project management: Saudi Arabian Bechtel Company

Client: Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu

Main Contractor: Al-Harbi Trading & Contracting

Architect: A Al-Saihati, A Fattani & O Al-Othman Consulting Engineering Company

Description: The industrial city of Jubail in Saudi Arabia is one of the largest industrial complexes in the world and, as such, needs huge resources to facilitate its thousands of workers. Water was required both for the population and for the growing industrial landscape, where water is essential for cooling. The seawater cooling pump project forms a vital link between the people and their places of work, and has proved to be a substantial investment in the social development of the area. The use of local contractors resulted in benefits to the domestic economy, but created a challenge for the developers. Constant monitoring and supervision was needed to ensure the highest standards were met and to achieve maximum efficiency from the system. This, in tandem with constant consultations with Saudi Aramco over a nearby pipeline, meant there was a great deal of collaboration between the stakeholders, leading to a suitable conclusion for all involved.


Jebel Ali Sewage Treatment Plant

Entrant: MWH Global

Client: Dubai Municipality

Main contractor: Al-Ahmadiah Aktor

Consultant: MWH Global

Description: Dubai’s population growth over recent years was the catalyst that lead to increased demand on the city’s wastewater and sewage system. The municipality needed a new treatment plant to cope with the extra flows and alleviate the costly social, economic and environmental damage being caused due to insufficient treatment capacity in the emirate. Potential issues at the Jebel Ali Treatment Plant were overcome with innovative environmental and architectural solutions. By far the biggest challenge for the project team was the facility’s capacity and the projected increase in use. New and efficient methods for the treatment of effluence were employed to cope with growing demand.

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