the Ferrovial subsidiary specialising in water, has been nominated in three different categories of the Global Water Awards 2017, sponsored by the prestigious sector magazine Global Water Intel (GWI)
. The company has been nominated for the Desalination Company of the Year
award for having completed no less than 5 desalination projects in 2016 (Al Ghubrah
, Al Zawrah, Jorf Lasfar
in countries as diverse as Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Spain.
These five projects together represent an additional production capacity of 336,600 m3/
day, making Cadagua’s total production capacity close to two million cubic metres per day in its more than 40 plants. The awards also highlight other achievements, such as the company’s commitment to R&D,
as evidenced by its cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
in three innovation projects, the most recent of which is the recovery of waste material from the salt water in its desalination plants. Other milestones were the acquisition by Ferrovial of two companies providing additional capacity and experience in the field of water and desalination infrastructures, namely Pepper Lawson
(Texas, US) and Broadspectrum
The other two nominations fell in the categories of Municipal Desalination Plant of the Year, for the Al Ghubrah facilities, and the Industrial Desalination Plant of the Year, for the Jorf Lasfar plant.
The Al Ghubrah desalination plant in Muscat (Oman) entered into commercial operation at the beginning of 2016. The project, based on reverse osmosis technology, has the capacity to produce 191,000 m3
of drinking water per day, and was built by Cadagua in record time, successfully delivering on this challenge.
The commissioning of the Jorf Lasfar plant in Morocco is also of note given its complexity due to seawater pollution. As a result, pretreatment includes a stage of sieving
(rough and fine), dissolved air flotation, self-cleaning filtration
and ultrafiltration membranes
(pressurised hollow fibre). A system of reverse osmosis membranes, configured in two steps, allows the use of any operational arrangement to guarantee the quality requirements in the water produced.
The Global Water Awards presentation ceremony will be held on 24th April in Madrid
, during the Global Water Summit, the most important event in the water industry. Award winners will be selected following online voting by Summit participants, magazine subscribers and IDA (International Desalination Association)
The full list of award nominees is available here.