Dubai receives Guinness World Record for largest single-site water desalination facility.
- October 17, 2022
- Posted by: Sinead Sprigg
- Category: Engineering, Environmental, Global, Water Issues, Water Treatment, Middle East
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has been awarded the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Single-Site Water Desalination Facility in the world, with production capacity of 490 million imperial gallons of water per day.
This is the second world record for Jebel Ali Power Generation and Water Production Complex. In 2021, the Complex was confirmed by Guinness World Records as the Largest Single-site Natural Gas Power Generation Facility in the World.
“We are working to provide state-of-art and integrated infrastructure for electricity and water to provide our services according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, efficiency, and quality,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“We also work to achieve the various ambitious development plans to keep pace with the growing demand for electricity and water services and Dubai’s ambitious urban and economic plans. We carry on the journey of excellence in all fields and at all levels and move steadily towards preparing for the next fifty years and building a sustainable future. This supports the UAE Centennial 2071 objectives to make the UAE the world’s leading nation by its centennial in 2071,” he added.
Al Tayer explained that DEWA adopts three pillars to sustain water production by using clean solar energy to desalinate seawater using reverse osmosis technology.
Through this, excess desalinated water production is stored in underground basins, retrieved and pumped back into the water network as needed. This holistic model preserves the environment and represents a sustainable economic solution.
When completed by 2025, this project will allow 6,000 million imperial gallons of water to be stored and retrieved when needed, making it the largest emergency potable water storage in the world.
This technology will provide a strategic reserve that will supply the Emirate with more than 50 million imperial gallons of water per day for 90 days in emergencies, while ensuring the safety of the stored water.