Abu Dhabi Gas Plant Makes 15% of Desalinated Water in Emirate

Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Abu Dhabi opened a power and water plant that will produce as much as 120 million gallons of potable water a day, 15 percent of the emirate’s desalination capacity.

The 1,510-megawatt Shuweihat 2 facility in the Al Gharbia region has the capacity to power at least 300,000 homes, Abu Dhabi National Energy Co., the United Arab Emirates-based utility known as Taqa, said today in a statement.

Abu Dhabi holds more than 90 percent of the crude in the U.A.E. while Dubai is the commercial, banking and tourism hub. Taqa is 75 percent owned by the largest U.A.E. sheikhdom.

The plant 260 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of the city of Abu Dhabi is owned by Ruwais Power Co., a joint venture of Taqa, GDF Suez, Marubeni Corp., Osaka Gas Co. and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority.

Ruwais Power partners invested $2.7 billion to build the plant to meet energy and water demands for Abu Dhabi, whose population is set to double to 5 million by 2030.

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