The new seawater reverse osmosis facility is expected to be located on the same site as the Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP), the largest operating hybrid desalination plant in the world. The water output of the reverse osmosis facility is expected to be sold to ADWEC under a 20 year water purchase agreement.

Mr Tang Kin Fei, group president & CEO of Sembcorp, said: “We are pleased to take our strong relationship with our partner ADWEA a step further with the planned development of the new reverse osmosis plant. This new development will increase our water capacity and enable us to serve the growing needs for water in the UAE.”

Sembcorp expects the seawater reverse osmosis plant to be operational before the end of 2013.