TAQA awards $245m worth of projects to expand recycled water initiative

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has revealed that its subsidiary, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), awarded projects worth up to $245m (AED 900m) to expand the company’s recycled water distribution programme.

Upon completion, the two new projects will have a combined capacity to transmit approximately 85 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of recycled water – enough to irrigate more than 3.5 million palm trees.

The projects will, collectively, encompass the laying of approximately 150km of pipelines in two phases, with the first 30 MIGD pipeline project slated for completion by Q3 2021 and the second 55 MIGD project slated for Q4 2021.

TAQA said the programme’s expansion will “significantly increase” the use of recycled water beyond municipal landscaping to include commercial and agricultural operations.

Commenting on the move, TAQA executive director of transmission and distribution, Omar Abdulla Alhashmi, said: “Our expanded recycled water program directly supports TAQA’s vision for a future in which we are not only a sustainable, reliable and efficient supplier of water, but an organisation whose operations directly contribute to the realisation of the UAE’s broader sustainability and environmental goals.

He added: “The expansion of ADDC’s recycled water distribution program plays a key role in TAQA’s transformative impact on Abu Dhabi’s utilities sector – across the value chain and for decades to come.” 

This phase of ADDC’s recycled water distribution programme builds on its announcement in January, when the company began transmitting a capacity of 4.4 MIGD of recycled water for landscaping irrigation on Saadiyat Island, through a new transmission scheme supplied from the existing network on Yas Island.

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