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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week travels to Ghantoot to visit the advanced technology desalination plant built by Abengoa

February 15, 2017

  • A delegation of representatives of Sustainability Week, which was held in Abu Dhabi in January, visited the Company.
  • The desalination plant is a pilot plant that was developed and constructed by Abengoa for Masdar and uses reverse osmosis and membrane distillation technology

February 15, 2017.  Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has recently welcomed a delegation of representatives of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, that was organized by Masdar, and was held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates until January 21.

The visitors were able to get to know the desalination plant, located in Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, firsthand. It was developed as part of Masdar’s Desalination and Renewable Energy pilot program that was launched back in 2013 for the purpose of testing and developing desalination technologies which are economically competitive, more energy efficient and operational on renewables.

The plant uses ultrafiltration pre-treatment and a reverse osmosis stage, designed by Abengoa, together with an innovative membrane distillation system which optimizes the advanced reverse osmosis process. This system also improves the sustainability and environmental aspects of the entire desalination process.

Saudi’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation, Siemens and Scottish Development International visited our plant, among other participants. They were also given the chance to visit other desalination plants that are located in Ghantoot and are part of the Masdar program, such as; Mascara, Veolia, Suez and Trevi.

These visits were all part of the framework of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week which is the largest event of its kind in the Middle East and recognized as a platform for dialogue and cooperation in the area of sustainability and clean energy.

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Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB) applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from renewable resources, converting biomass into biofuels and producing drinking water from sea water.


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