DEWA’s Jebel Ali desal plant 70% complete, marks 3 million safe hours

Bolsa de Madrid-listed Spanish firm that works on infrastructure and renewable energy projects ACCIONA has marked 70% completion on Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Jebel Ali Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant, having also recorded a safety milestone with three million Lost Time Injury-free (LTI) man-hours.

Located in JAPS, Madrid-headquartered ACCIONA is building the plant alongside Belgium-based builder BESIX under a contract worth $237m (AED871m), with ILF.

The health and safety milestone has been achieved while strictly observing all the international and local protocols put in place to mitigate the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to ACCIONA, the zero LTI record is the result of the teamwork portrayed by the client, the engineers, and the construction consortium.

Health and safety measures deployed on the site include specific training for employees involved in activities that carry a relative risk such as working at height, safe driving, and working in confined spaces.

Other initiatives include the introduction of dangerous situations reports, inspections and audits, and the correct storage of chemical products.

The preventive measures at the construction site include regular coordination meetings with the subcontractors, weekly visits to analyse the state of work, and a training schedule during construction.

Speaking about the HSE milestone, Javier Nieto, project director at ACCIONA said: “Reaching three million man-hours without LTI is an important milestone for this huge project, and it has been achieved thanks to the cooperation of all the companies involved and their awareness for health and safety procedures in the workplace.”

Meanwhile, Jesús Sancho, ACCIONA Middle East Managing Director, said: “This achievement proves how important and ambitious goals can be accomplished without compromising the health and safety of all our employees and all the people involved in the construction.

“It is an essential milestone and we are very proud of it, as it demonstrates our commitment to respect the goals of our client and local authorities”.

Upon completion the plant will produce 183,000m3 of potable water per day, and serve a population of 500,000 inhabitants, making it one of the largest desalination plants in the UAE.

Construction work on the plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

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